Kolhapuri chappals are Indian hand-crafted leather slippers that are locally tanned using vegetable dyes. Kolhapuri Chappals or Kolhapuris as they are commonly referred to are a style of open-toed, T-strap sandal which originated from Kolhapur, a southern district in the state of Maharashtra.
According to historic records, Kolhapuris were first worn as early as the 13th century. Previously known as Kapashi, Paytaan, Kachkadi, Bakkalnali, and Pukari, the name indicated the village where they were made.
Due to the art of making, natural quality, and limited and unique traditional designs, it has become Kolhapur brand and famous in all over the world.They look very elegant and have a traditional touch in them. They can be used for daily use as they are quite sturdy, durable, comfortable and long lasting in use.
Kolhapuri chappal is made completely from the processed leather. The leather used in these chappals is derived from buffaloes, goat and bull leather .Typical Kolhapuri chappals are stitched by hand with a leather cord without the use of a single nail

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