India has a very long tradition of leather crafts ranging from handbags, leather stools to Mojaris, Kolhapuris and Jootis centered at Rajasthan, Karnataka & Punjab. The production of these heavily embroidered juttis date back to the period of Kings and queens. In those times, these juttis were embroidered with real gold and silver threads and decorated with precious gems and pearls. But, with the passage of time, these were replaced by artificial materials, beads, bells etc, in order to make them affordable for everyone. These juttis & mojaries are made of buffalo, cow or camel leather soles, while the upper part comprises of leather or simply textile. Both the parts are joined together by a paste and then stitched by white cotton threads.
Mojari is referred to a man's closed shoe with an extended curled toe, while as juttis have flat fronts. In juttis, rear is normally covered but mojaris have an open look from behind. Produced mainly in Jaipur and Jodhpur, cities of Rajasthan, these juttis are sure to enchant you and provide that royal touch to your attire.
These shoes were flat soled and there were no left-right distinction.
We have sought to address the issues through a package of technical inputs, involving custom designed and sturdy synthetic lasts, newly developed patterns, introduction of left -right differentiation, and training and exposure to newer designs, stitching methods and sole adhesion processes.
It is gratifying to note that standardization with left and right distinction has been introduced. Design inputs provided by our designers have added value and element of exclusiveness and differentiation to the product. The ordinary Mojari is either pointed in shape, or rounded. The different forms are known as gol-panja (Round Toe), chota-panja (Small Toe), salem shahi (Pointed Toe). Slip-on jooties, sandals and slippers are a few modernized versions of Mojaris. With passage of time and dictated by technological improvement and market demand, non-leather is also, now, being used for its production. The Mojaris, these days are found and done on order basis also to fulfill the demand of fashion houses and individuals. The responsiveness of artisans to technological change has indeed been heartening. Appropriate packaging materials were developed so as to improve the marketability of the product in domestic and international markets.
Walking to fame
The traditional handmade shoes, commonly known as Mojari™ from SMART have morphed into a fashion statement in cities at home and abroad. The changeover achieved by the artisans illustrates how innovation can find a modern market for old crafts. This decorated delight is sure to enhance the beauty of your feet and give comfort as well.