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The art of Sole Dressing- Kolhapuri Chappals

A long time ago, when footwear wasn’t fussy and design was a response to utility, the now well known Kolhapuri chappals made their appearance. Evolving from the basic features of a simple wooden base and toe (similar to that worn by sadhus), they went on to become footwear with a hard leather sole that would bend a bit with use and with the two braided straps at the big and small toes holding the chappal in place, making it useful for everyone be it farmer or a king and for either walking in muddy areas or attending royal function. Those for high royalties, the chappals had a softer sole and a lot of decorative work on them. It did not...

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सदियों पुरानी है ''कोल्हापुरी चप्पल'', जानें इसके कई हैरान कर देने वाले तथ्य https://www.haribhoomi.com/lifestyle/kolhapuri-chappal

कोल्हापुरी चप्पल का फैशन ऐसा है, जो कभी आउट नहीं होता। इतना ही नहीं कोल्हापुरी चप्पल को भारतीय फैशन में काफी लंबे समय से लोग पसंद कर रहे हैं। इतना ही नहीं कोल्हापुरी चप्पल की की मांग विदेशों में भी है। बाहर से आए टूरिस्ट भारत से कोल्हापुरी चप्पल खरीद कर ले जाते हैं। कोल्हापुरी चप्पल विशेष रूप से महाराष्ट्र के कोल्हापुर में डिजाइन की जाती है। इसी कारण से इसका नाम कोल्हापुरी पड़ा है। कोल्हापुरी चप्पल की खास बात यह है कि यह 13वीं सदी की शुरुआत से पहनी जा रही हैं।20वीं सदी से पहले कोल्हापुरी जिस गांव में चप्पलें बनती थीं, उसी गांव के नाम पर उनका नाम रख दिया जाता था। तब इनके नाम कपाशी, पायटन, कचकड़ी,...

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Shoe Profile: Kolhapuris

The world famous Kolhapuris need no introduction. Originating from a humble place in Kolhapur, a district in the state of Maharashtra, the chappals are known for their sturdiness and long shelf life. It can easily be stated that this footwear is a favourite amongst the old and the young, the urbans and the rurals alike. The always-in-demand Kolhapuris have a fascinating history dating back to the 12th century. It is believed that the ruler of Bidar district, Bijal, and his Prime Minister, wanted to create a caste-free society. Once, they invited a dalit shoemaker, Harlayya to dine with the royalty. As a thank you gift, the shoemaker made shoes using his and his wife’s thighs! The king was extremely pleased...

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Monday, October 15, 2012 Kolhapuri chappals

When I was in college, it was quite cool to wear kolhapuri chappals. In fact, every self-respecting college going kid with anti-establishment / Marxist / Commie leanings wore some variant of these :) The female version came with a narrower frame. The male version was broader and rugged. But all of them were handmade, stitched and patterned in a way that was instantly recognizable. Many had attractive red tassels as well. It was not just college kids with leftist ideas who wore them. They were the standard outfit for the "creative" ad agency types, as well as intellectuals and social workers. If you walked into the JJ School campus, you'd find tons of them. The standard combination was kolhapuri chappal +  khadi kurta + cloth jhola +...

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Kolhapuri Chappals were first worn in early 13th century by the Saudagars of Maharasthra and have remained an Indian style staple since then. Even after 700 years, Kolhapuri chappals remain a style statement for those who seek unconventional footwear that gives their casual and ethnic look a traditional spike.If there is one footwear that is as popular in urban India as in the rural area, then Kolhapuri chappals might be the first name that pops into your mind. Despite of the fact that it has been a part of Indian history for more than 700 years, there is nothing wrong in saying that it has become more of a style statement today. You might also have a pair but do...

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