Jutti is the expression of Indian heritage as well as modernity. The traditional footwear in India which have their history since 200BC. Have their origin from the Mughal era. Jutti's has been transformed from a traditional Footwears to a tailored ethical must have They are round or M-shaped covering the front part of the feet. During the Buddhist period, strapped sandals were quite prevalent. Later, these ethical shoes became popular in north India, especially Punjab and Rajasthan.
Juttis of Rajasthan:
Rajasthan is one of the most prominent tourist places, as the colors and culture fascinate the visitors. No tourist can return from Rajasthan without buying a pair of these ethical footwear called juttis and a leheriya suit. Gone are the days when juttis are worn with the ethical clothing in weddings matching the dress color. Nowadays, the pair of juttis are coupled pair of denim and short skirts. For men's wearing sherwani, a coat-like garment worn in India, prefer to wear traditional Rajasthani jutti for the occasions like mehndi and sangeet.
Juttis of Punjab:
After the Mughals, the artistic craftsmen from Punjab designed the intrinsic and versatile piece of footwear. Originally, made of pure leather, these juttis are adorned with the exotic embroidery and embellishments. Bygone are the days when these juttis were worn by zamindars, nawabs, Maharajas and Maharanis. In appearance, these Punjabi juttis are curled from the front and upturned toe. In 200BC, Juttis were adorned with real gold and silver, which was customized as per the Queen's dress. It is fascinating to know that the queens were very particular about the color matching footwear in that era.
Process of making Juttis
- Firstly, the raw hides are processed using the vegetable tanning method. Tannin, a substance obtained from the Kikkar tree, is used for the same.
- The processed leather is then cut into various parts, which then becomes one of the components of footwear.
- The shoe upper, which is either made of leather or textile with embroidered and embellished with brass nails. The other festoons include shells, mirrors, bells, and ceramic beads.
- The shoe is assembled, and craftsman does the finishing part. Patiala, which is the city in Punjab, is famous for the biggest jutti market in India. The range of variety is never-ending.
The global reach
Juttis have worldwide appeal and sought-after in many countries, especially the US, Canada, UK, and Europe. In fact, fascinated with the modus operandi and distinctive genre, many brands in the west have crafted juttis as their own fashion footwear. The innovative style of making jutti is riveting and captivating.
Types of jutti
Printed style jutti:
Printed juttis are the most simple as well as stylish footwear, which can be well-worn with the denim as well as traditional outfits. A variety of prints such as floral print, multicolored print, Black and White Casual Printed Handmade Jutti, etc. are forged for the brides to reciprocate the lehengas and salwar kameez.
Pompoms or tassel:
The Jaipuri Juttis in the rabari thread work and Pom Pom Braided mojari are quite fancy and worn on special occasions. Whether you are in a festive mood or wedding is approaching, match the specular pair of Jutti to flaunt with style.
Mirror, which is called shisha in Hindi, is glass work which was originated in the 17th century. The machine-cut glass shisha with a silvered backing shaped in hexagon, triangle, square, and circle shape is available in the market. The juttis look alluring and compliment with any ethical dresses. Although the mirror work is silver, the embroidery is inculcated, either dabka work and colorful threads.
Ghungroo style jutti:
Ghungroo is the small bells strung together at the edge of the jutti. Originally, ghungroo is the magical anklet worn above the ankle, which creates a sound of bells at the lower base. They serve to accentuate the rhythmic aspects of the dance and allow complex footwork to be heard by the audience. The idea was to make the footwear that can create a festive mood and sound.
Article By : Sangy K