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The last original Kolhapuris

Behind a large bungalow in the Jawahar Nagar area in Kolhapur town in eastern Maharashtra lies a small plot of land, measuring 85x160 yards. A small hut adjoins it and it is one of many equally-sized plots along the road that runs through this neighbourhood. Like the other plots, this piece of land is covered with overgrown grass that hides a collection of grey stone structures. It has the feel of a cemetery now but used to be a bag tanning unit, employing a unique method of tanning and preparing leather out of buffalo or bullock hide. Till about 20 years ago, people say, the entire road used to bustle with the sound of numerous tanning units operating all at once. Most...

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Fading footprint of Kolhapuri chappals

Kolhapur: The cooperative department has issued a notice to 11 directors of the Kolhapur District Central Cooperative bank (KDCC) asking them why the department should not remove them from their posts.The notices were issued following the recent decision of the state government barring directors from contesting cooperative elections if the institution had earlier been dissolved because of irregularities. The KDCC's board of directors was dissolved in 2007-08 for irregular distribution of loans.Rajendrakumar Darade, divisional joint registrar of the cooperative department, issued the notice. "We have send the notices by post. They may reach by Monday or later. We have given them 15 days from the date of the notice being issued to clarify their stand, failing which we will start...

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7 Tips to Maintain Kolhapuri Chappals & Leather Products At Home

Men love leather in all forms. Women adore leather in almost all forms such as shoes, handmade leather handbags, leather wallets, purses and Kolhapuri chappals that are so painstakingly handcrafted. They are not only unique but also difficult to find at reasonable prices these days. The biggest enemy of your handmade leather shoes and accessories is moisture. So, the best way to keep them intact and very much in one piece is to waterproof them and just generally take care of them on a regular basis. First of all, let’s understand how to maintain your Kolhapuri chappals: 1. Avoid packing them for a long time as that would result in a layer of a moss like substance or fungus covering...

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Watch: The Kolhapuri Chappal industry in danger of losing its sole

You are here:  Latest News    India News Watch: The Kolhapuri Chappal industry in danger of losing its sole India Shubhra Dixit Sep 22, 2017 12:04:25 IST    Play Mute Current Time0:13 / Duration Time4:13 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0%   Full screen Settings Watch Full Video      In March 2015, Maharashtra banned the sale of cattle for slaughter. The ban on cow slaughter already existed in the state, but the new ban added bulls, bullocks and calves to the list. The following months saw a rise in rhetoric around beef and cattle, soon spreading nationwide.But the debate over beef didn’t often include the impact of the ban on the livelihood of people working in the leather industry, made up dominantly of people from...

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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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