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Festivals fill those unwanted voids of worries and monotony in our lives. Similarly, they add color to the identity of the place and represent the culture too. Handmade jutis and mojaris from Jaipur add that similar spice to the delight of the footwear lovers from all over the world. Jutis and mojaris are the generic name for the handcrafted ethnic footwear practiced since ancient India.

India has a rich tradition of textiles and leather handicrafts that have been used since prehistoric Hindu civilization. The craftsmen have made various leather handmade articles such as handbags, chairs, etc. Exclusively patronized by the regality, nowadays they are seen made in almost all kinds of threads colors, and fashions.

Origin of Indian Mojari Handicraft
Like mentioned above, mojaris and jutis or nagra are all the same forms of the much cherished and celebrated Indian handmade footwear that ages long back. As modes of transportation were limited, people preferred walking long distances and thus to cover such distances, leather mojaris were a great relief! Most of all, mojaris are a final touch to the traditional attire of the people of Rajasthan.
The elegance of such a cute and ornamental footwear is comfortable as well as a representation of high spirits of the natives in the pale desert background in contrast. Nevertheless, they also display the cultural diversity and ethos of a region.

Giving a glimpse of the royal past, jutis made up by golden and silk threads to adorn the surfaces of the flat footwear are popularly seen. The erstwhile kings and queens also voted for special embroidery and applique work on them to make them look grand and equivalent to precious jewelry.

Indian Mojari Handicrafts in Jaipur

Good quality camel leather mojaris come as a lightweight, handcrafted and designed flatwear especially from Jaipur. In addition, goatskin and sheepskin jutis and mojaris are always known for their strong and rough usage. For special occasions, people buy jootis decorated with velvet or brocade too. Elegant looking mojaris are simply made with leather body and cotton-made uppers but beautified with silk or cotton embroidery in pretty fashions. Such Jootis are also seen in abundance with Mughal motifs in silver and gold threads. The threads are set in intricate and brilliant patterns on the complete covering to enhance its look.

The vibrancy of embellished mojaris and jutis are always mesmerizing that looks like an intermingled poetry of contemporary colors and styles. Jaipur markets sufficiently offer a variety of such footwear delights. These can be worn by men, women and children.

Making of Mojari Handicrafts in Jaipur

The footwear of Rajasthan, mojaris and jutis are a traditional closed shoe that fashion a curled up toe on the front tip. Such footwear is either open from behind or closed. The upper part of the shoe is mostly embroidered or elegantly decorated to give a charming look. The decorations are done using brass nails, cowries shells, metallic bells, plastic or ceramic beads, mirrors, precious stone imitations, etc. Such decoration elements have made mojaris and jutis affordable enough for the commonality and made its popularity reach distances. Or else, before, real gems and precious stones were used to decorate the jutis.
The method of making Jaipuri jutis is simply engaging. The tools used are a plain hammer, wooden block, needle, knife and leather pieces.

Just like olden times, jutis are largely handmade. The craftsmen start the process with slicing adequate size of leather with a sharp knife. The leather pieces are cut so in order to form the body and the upper sole. After the leather pieces are bent in shape and glued, the joints are stitched together. The stitching is done mainly with cotton or leather string.

Before using the leather, it is dipped in water to soften it. In addition, at every step of sewing, the sewn areas are frequently hammered on the wooden block to firm the joints. Local dyes in shades of red, dark pink, brown and green is sprayed on the upper part. That is why, most often, the finished product displays a tone of that particular vegetable dye color used. The front of the shoe is decorated beautifully and generously. However, the plainest mojari would simply have a clean leather body all over.For the ease of the wearer, a thin strip of leather is folded and sewn on the top back edge. It helps in pulling the shoe on. The sole is stitched with cotton thread to provide it strength and keep it natural.

People buying jutis and mojaris always look for comfort first and then choose the beauty of it. The leather used in making is so subtle that it daintily rolls into a ball. The shoe gradually shapes up with the size of the wearer’s foot size. Likewise, the decorations are also delicate and colors are modest to eyes. Popular ones come up with embroidery all over with older as well as interesting contrasts.

Salability of Mojari Handicrafts in Jaipur

Enchantment and traditionality blended in one, Jaipuri mojaries and jutis are famous with people from all parts of the world. These flat-soled footwears are all made update and available in contemporary and modern styles to meet the never- ending requirements of buyers. Giving a royal contact, jutis and mojaris go well with all kinds of traditional attire for both men and women. Men can sport their dhoti-kurta, kurta-churidaar, sherwani or a grand pathani suit with an elegant looking pair of juti. Similarly, women can complete their traditional look in salwar-kameez, sari, Punjabi suit, ghaghra-choli, sharara, etc., with an equally styled flat mojaris.

Various Jaipur markets are always swarmed with beautifully designed and ornamented silk and other thread sewn jutis for locals and tourists. Apart from the kiosks in various malls catering to such demands, Nehru Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Hawa Mahal, Badi Chaupad are some of the areas where such beauties can be sought at negotiable prices.



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