Jutti is extremely famous footwear in the Northern part of the country. Jutti is also known as Mojari and Nagra. They are easily identifiable because of their curled upturned toe. Juttis are exclusively handmade by experienced craftsmen. Juttis are handcrafted in Punjab but originated in the Mughal period, Rajasthan. The juttis have a royal lineage with the Mughal Kings and Queens adorning this highly articulate and embellished footwear. As royal as the Mughals were, their juttis were traditional footwear embroidered with golden and silver zaris. They were as royal as the jewellery pieces the Kings and Queens used to wear.
Authentic Juttis are made of pure leather in an elaborate process. In the ancient times, the kings used to wear these juttis while the untouchables or ‘Chammars’ used to process the raw material using the method of vegetable tanning, the ‘Rangaars’ used to color them and the ‘Mochis’ assembled the entire piece and stitched it. For tanning, tannin extracted from the bark of Babool trees, is used. In the tannery, the animal hide becomes strong, flexible, water resistant and wearable. Sarfoola (yellow) and arsi gulabi (green) powdered pigments mixed in water are used for coloring. They are applied to the leather-pieces using a local shaving brush. The painted leather is cut out into different shapes. Jutti is embroidered using stencils for cutting and tracing designs on to the leather parts of the shoes.
In the modern times, the juttis have become a comfortable option for girls and boys to pair with their ethnic clothes. Juttis are now available in a plethora of designs, colors and types. There is a jutti available for all types of moods and occasions. They can be worn for a casual day out or for a traditional affair. The ancient jutti has been innovated into a contemporary footwear. There are juttis with modern motif prints and patterns; juttis made of fabrics like velvet, denim and phulkari; juttis adorned with embellished sequins, glitters, mirrors, pearls, stones and beads; juttis that have poms poms and ghungroos on them and juttis painted with water colors.
Juttis are a hit amongst the Indian celebrities. They pair well with Anarkali Dresses, Sarees and Pants. Juttis are available in the lanes of Amritsar and Patiala as well as in Shopping malls under renowned brands like JJ Vallya, Ritu Beri and Ritu Kumar. They are sold online as well.