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Real Story of Kolhapuri chappal craftsman By Bhavya Dore

Last week, the Kolhapuri received the Geographical Indicator tag ­— an intellectual property rights of sorts — that puts the humble slipper on the global mapDeepak Tate shuffles through a folder of photographs and honours. There is a picture of him handing over a pair of Kolhapuri chappals to former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao, and another of him meeting former President Shankar Dayal Sharma.Three years ago, he recounts, he even made a pair for Sachin Tendulkar. Surrounded by dozens of soft-leather soles in his home in the small town of Nipani, in Belgaum, Tate and his wife make about 20 pairs of chappals a month, earning between `5,000 and `6,000. But for Tate, 50, who started making the distinctive Kolhapuri chappals...

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