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
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
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