9 / 2010

India - Girls' glass beaded leather sandal "Chappal" - Late 19th C

The first known permanent settlements in India appeared over 9000 years ago and gradually developed into the Indus Valley Civilization. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated here. Traditional Indian dress varies across the regions in its colors and styles and depends on various factors, including climate. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari for women and dhoti or lungi for men; in addition, stitched clothes such as salwar kameez for women and kurta-pyjama, European-style trousers and shirts for men, are also popular. Kolhapur district in Maharashtra is famous for its handmade leather chappals and sandals. Adorned with gold cord, zari strips, pom poms or gota, like the one above, the were worn on special occasions such as weddings and parties.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland