They are closed footwear with a pointed toe. They have no right or left distinction . They are made with buffalo, camel or cow leather soles and with leather or textile uppers. Decoration varies according to the region and includes wool, silk and silver embroidery.
The word ‘Jutti’ has its roots in Urdu, the language of poets. It is commonly spelled as Jhutti, Juti, and Juthi as well. Jutti is also known by other popular names such as ‘mojari’ in Rajasthan and ‘khussa’ in Pakistan.
It is handcrafted traditional footwear with a closed upper attached to a flat sole and is worn mostly in the Northern part of India. Jutti is made of fine leather in the first place, with extensive embroidery and beautiful embellishments to give it a distinctive appeal.
Both men & women wear juttis. Juttis can be worn with ethnic dresses and jeans as well.
Juttis were quite popular amongst kings and queens in the Mughal period (1526–1761 AD). In fact, Rajasthan turned out to be a major hub for the making this type of footwear. It is rich in both design and texture. A good deal of precious stones and pearls along with fine gems were incorporated in it to be appropriate for royalty. Gradually, they became popular in Punjab as well.
Juttis come with an M-shaped front or ‘Panna’, as it is known as, with delicate embroidery work. Those with a rounded front are known as ‘nagras’. They bear a resemblance to the modern day ballerina footwear. ‘Nagras’ are usually embroidered with motifs of flora & fauna.
They are available in embroidered, sequined and hand-painted designs.
While male members generally look after works like cutting, stitching and pasting, women largely participate in embroidery work or ’tilabharai’. The hides, skins and bark of ‘kikkar’ or babool or Acacia arabica trees are used as primary raw materials for Juttis.
An Ethnic Footwear with Global Appeal
This Indian footwear also has an immense global appeal. It is not an uncommon sight to find replicas of Juttis in countries like Canada, the US and the UK with a touch of western craftsmanship.