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The origins of the famous Kolhapuri Chappals

Created on Wed, 24-02-2016

The origins of the famous Kolhapuri Chappals

Kolhapuris when clubbed with any fusion wear with definitely prove to be an eye turner. The chappals from the southern town of Kolhapur voices the tradition of the local handicraft industry dating back to the thirteenth century.

Kolhapuris were earlier known as paytaans, kachkadis, kapashias, bakkalnalis and pukaris. It was J.J. and Sons still operational in the South Mumbai (Prarthana Samaj locality) that popularized these chappals.

It is belived that the Saudagar family of Kolhapur designed a chappal called kaanwali, named so because of its thin ear like flaps and then traded it with the retailers J.J. and Sons in 1920. Since then, orders kept coming in and that is how Kolhapur became famous for the thin T strap buffalo leather chappals.

The chappals are usually coloured beige and red with vegetable dye. These chappals are elegant, fashionable and comfortable and can be worn by anyone irrespective of age and gender.


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