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The Creation and Evolution of Juttis

 

The history of Punjabi Jutti or more commonly called Juttis dates back hundreds of years to indian royalty. The shoes are traditionally made out of leather and embroidered with beads or threads. Juttis can be worn for every occasion, whether it’s work, weddings or parties there is a style of Juttis perfect for the occasion.


Machines and modern manufacturing processes have all but made creating Juttis a lost art but there are people trying to keep the tradition of the shoes alive. You do not need big machines or fancy manufacturing processes to create Juttis, they are beautifully handcrafted from India. The process of creating Juttis is not easy though, it takes work from many different people in the community to gather the materials needed to create the shoes. There are three groups who are involved in the construction of the shoes:


  • “Chamars”: The Chamars are in charge of processing the cow hides to create leather for the shoes.
  • “Rangaars: The Rangaars gather the leather and dye it into many different beautiful colors.
  • “Mochis”: Once the leather is dyed and ready to be worked with it is passed onto the Mochis who assemble, stitch and embroider the shoes.

  • After all of this work the beautifully crafted shoes are ready to be worn. At Mochiis all of our shoes are handcrafted from India and brought to America with the idea to educate and carry on the tradition of Punjabi Jutti.

     


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