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Mozari or pagrakshi
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Mozari or pagrakshi

  • Mozari or pagrakshi

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  • The mojari best showcases the traditional footwear of Rajasthan and represents their culture

(IIP) - THE MOCHI OR cobblers,of this region craft leather into light and intricately embroidered footwear,locally known a mozari or pagrakshi.They are cut using traditional patterns that make no distinction between the left and right foot,shaped using the three-piece wooden last and stitched with thick cotton thread as are all the indigenous footwear of the state.The pagrakshi may be easily distinguished by the exceptionally intricate and densely embroidered uppers.The suede used for the upper is reinforced with a lining of bakram (stiff lining) or thin goat leather on the reverse in order to create a firm base for the fine chain stitch embroidery,executed with an awl made of sharpened syringe needles.No set design is followed for the embroidered flowers and creepers;the women create each from imagination,constantly checking to ensure that the design of the second follows the first.Due to the use of suede uppers,thin goat leather lining and buffalo leather soles,the mojari are lightd.The soles too are highly decorative;the inside usually bears a small motif,coordinated with the motifs of the upper.The leather of the inside of the sole may also be patterned through the cutting out of motifs;in such instances,a layer of coloured leather is introduced under the top sole layer to allow the cut motifs to be seen distintly.The lower side of the sole is also often decorated with a stitched or cut out motif.

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