The Kolhapuri came into existence as early as the 13th century. By the 18th century, it became very popular as Kolhapuri and soon after that, it was also designed in adjoining towns and cities of Maharashtra. The Kolhapuri chappal (footwear) is now world-famous handcrafted footwear.
These handmade leather footwear are tanned by using vegetable dyes. The traditional designs of the Kolhapuri footwear are very famous not only in the rural areas of Maharashtra but also getting increasingly known across the globe.
There are no hard or sharp materials used in the manufacturing of these chappals. The stitching and punching are made by hand. Apart from the external beauty, it gives the Kolhapuris, they do not cause any injury to the feet and adorn your feet with modern finesse and a regal look. The making of the Kolhapuri is quite simple where two parallel pieces of leather are joined and stitched with thin strings of leather or thongs so that it gives us great comfort and is long-lasting.
The authentic Kolhapuri are usually handcrafted and made with pure leather. The original Kolhapuri is made from 100% cow or buffalo leather. It is mainly available in three colors: natural, oil and polish.
Kolhapuri Chappals are exquisitely designed and embellished. The latest available models in the market are very intricately crafted with a gold cord, zari strips, pom poms or gonda, etc. Changes are made in this footwear based on the culture which sometimes include colorful folk style. Kolhapuris are also available in the branded Khaadis with bright colors ranging from violet to electric green, silver, and golden colors.
Kolhapur offers an intriguing experience to travelers. Apart from pilgrimage sites, this enthralling place offers abundant tourist attractions such as a wildlife sanctuary, a museum, a ghat, a dam, and a lake with few forts and palaces. A sightseeing tour in Kolhapur is incomplete without a visit to places like Mahalakshmi Temple, Jyotiba Temple, Rankala Lake, Chhatrapati Shahu Museum, and Panhala Fort.
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