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Let me be rather informal and tell this unusual story like I'd usually tell it to my new friends.:)It all literally began with one thought, one burning question:“Where have all those craftsman gone; who used to visit Mumbai with their bags filled with leather craft?”Growing up in the Mumbai, surrounded by family in footwear business, there used to be many craftsmen who sold their handcrafted leather goods to the shops in the cities and returned to their little native places for making new craft. It all seemed so regular and simple.I still remember how each craftsman was different. I remember how each of them had their own distinct style of talking, dealing goods, and communicating with shopkeepers. They had as unique...

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जाणून घेऊ: वहाणच का? ह्या प्रश्नासाठी आधी वहाण हे नावच का?

"वहाणच का?"ह्या प्रश्नाच्या उत्तराआधी "वहाण" हे नावच का? हे विचारण जास्त गरजेच आहे."वहाण" हा शब्द बऱ्याच जणांना नक्की ठाऊक नाही ..."वहाण" हा एक मराठी शब्द असून, तो बोलीभाषेत आजही व्हान किंवा वाण/व्हाण असा अपभ्रंश होऊन वापरला जातो. तर माणसाला वाहून नेते म्हणूनही तेव्हा वहाण हे नाव पडल असावं, पण कालानुरूप आज त्याला वेगळा अर्थ प्राप्त झालाय. आज तो केवळ पायातल्या चपलेचा म्हणून वापरला जाणारा शब्द उरता एका स्पेसिफिक काळातल्या चपलांना उद्देशून वापरायचा शब्द बनलेला आहे ...वहाण म्हटलं कि डोळ्यासमोर तो काळ उभा राहतो जेव्हा चप्पल ही प्रत्येकासाठी स्वतंत्र बनवल्या जायची. त्यासाठी प्रत्येक गावगाड्यात एक चांभार असायचा की जो ह्या कामात पारंगत असायचा.या चपला खास प्रत्येकाच्या विनंतीवरून ज्याच्या त्याच्या पायाच्या मापानुसार बनवल्या जायच्या. तेव्हा आजच्या सारखी हजारो चपला "प्रोड्युस" करणारी मशिन्स...

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Why Vhaan? What is it and why do we need it when we can buy N number of footwear? Vhaan is a word with Marathi origin which is used in many dialects of Marathi; mainly व्हान or वहाण. Origins of this word can be traced back to "something which takes you from one place to another". Over the years, it has acquired different connotations. In the modern Marathi, Vhaan is not just recognized as Footwear but more specifically as Ethnic Footwear. It is a footwear which is anything but just a fashion statement. It is much more, it has Design, Authenticity, Health Benefits, and Evergreen Class. "Vhaan" is a word which on one side signifies an era but also holds a relevance today to millions of people. Today, buying footwear has...

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The Kolhapuri chappal (footwear) is the world famous handcrafted footwear which was initially designed in the Kolhapur town of Maharashtra state in India. These handmade leather footwear are tanned by using vegetable dyes. The traditional designs of the Kolhapuri footwear are very famous not only in the rural areas of Maharasthra but also getting increasingly known across the globe. The Kolhapuri isn't limited to Kolhapur though, it is also referred by different names depending upon the place it was manufactured; places such as Kapashi, Paytaan, Kachkadi, Bakkalnali, and Pukari.The Kolhapuri came into existence as early as the 13th century.History has recorded that it was started and designed by the Saudagar family in 1920. The first model which was designed earlier...

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The place to get the best Kolhapuris in Mumbai is: “SAI VAIBHAV FOOTWEAR” located at Khar West, Linking Road.Since 1983, it is known for quality footwear & Kolhapuri Chappals. Each product is handmade even today by the craftsmen in traditional way preserving the ethnic heritage of India. Sai Vaibhav Footwear owners are more than willing to help you travel back into the history of Kolhapuri to understand the uniqueness of this leather art. They have been striving to get awareness and ensuring that the artisans have better opportunities and prospects. The craftsmen in their workshop have been with them for more 34 years, and still passionate about this art form. That is why craftsmen from all over Maharashtra have no...

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