Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Pula Chappal

Pula Chappal  

Crafted by twisting and braiding grass of shale(bhang) into rope followed by stitching it together with a cloth-lining, and colourful needlework on the top. Hailing from the ‘land of gods’ Pula chappal is the ethnic footwear of the local Pahari people in Himachal Pradesh.

Due to the former leather shoes made of cowhide which were considered inappropriate for treading on the soil of Himachal Pradesh, the mountain folk ideated an innovative alternative of these vibrant light-weight Pula chappals. To enhance its pizzazz, the shoe’s upper part is designed with a blanket stitch along with contrasting hues of wool.

Worn especially during religious ceremonies within temple area these multipurpose chappals are also useful for walking on snow. The craft is chiefly practiced in Chad (a village near Banjar),but the market for the pula chappal has spread to Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.


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