“Jutti” (also spelled as Jhutti, Juthi, Juti) is an Urdu word for a shoe with a closed upper attached to a sole. This is typically Indian tradition footwear inherited from North India especially from Punjabi origin. Also popular as ‘mojari’ and ‘nagra’. Originally made out of pure leather and have exquisite embroidery and additional embellishments that give it a unique appeal. As a result, Jutti is now the most trending ethnic fashion for weddings, religious occasions, to parties and festivals. It has a unique appeal for its traditional ethnic looks.
These ethnic shoes were worn by wealthy zamindars, chaudhary, nawab, jagirdars, Maharajas and Maharanis of India (esp. Punjab); various designs showcased in this category are inspired from the Mughal era. Jutti was first originated from a hub in Rajasthan. Jutti is so popular for its rich texture and design which incorporated fine gems, stones, and precious pearls.
Juttis were embroidered with pure gold and silver wires all over, covering the entire surface of the pair. But today, the jutti has evolved a multitude of styles. Yet the fundamentals of its form and technique remain the same. Construction of one pair of juttis involves people from different communities. For instance, the “Chamars”, who process raw hides. The “Rangaars”, who colour it. Also, the “Mochis”, who assemble the pieces together and do the final stitching and embroidery. This process starts from a tannery where raw hides are processed using vegetable tanning method. Tanin is used as a substance to make this. Tanin extracted from the bark of Babool or Kikkar trees.
Therefore, For coloring, sarfoola and arsi gulabi powdered pigments are mixed in water to create a thin solution of different shades of red. These are then applied to the leather-pieces using a local shaving brush.
Now, the painted leather is cut out into different shapes according to the requirement of the shoe design and embroidery. This is done with stencils, for cutting and tracing designs onto the leather parts of the shoes. They range from simple cut-out shapes to be filled with simple embroidery, to intricate punches, weaves and embroidered designs. Above all, Fine embroidery, pearls, beads, and stones have been used to give the Jutti a touch of elegance along with the essence of true Indian tradition.
Interesting Facts about Jutti:
- There is no left or right distinction for Juttis You can wear any of the pain on any foot.
- The curled upturn toe is one of the most distinct features which are particularly found in Punjab.
- A Jutti is usually found in flat sole with a close upper sewn to it keeping it really light weight.
Rising Market Demand:
Jutti has become thriving business to its manufacturer due to its aggressive demand in the market. For instance, Presently Punjabi Jutti makers getting orders in bulk form all over the India and abroad. As a result, foreigners have also sheer demand for Juttis in foreign lands. Since these footwear are easy to wear and more comfortable.
For example, the cost of ladies Punjabi jutti starts from Rupees two hundred to three thousand.