We as Indian contemporary youth often feel embarrassed to acknowledge that we truly love and cherish our ethnic heritage! But modern does not have to have a linear style dominated by foreign influences; we can choose to have the best of both worlds when it comes to modern day fashion. And we should, since we are blessed with the most vibrant of ethnic apparels and accessories.
The wedding season is upon us, and while all our friends get serious and begin to tie the knot, it is time we also think about beginning to be honest with ourselves. While we are dabbling with important life decisions and choices about the bigger things, let’s also think about something seemingly small! Why do most modern men fret from wearing a nice pair of ethnic shoes for men? Our generation is by far the most gender-confident when it comes to self-expression and acceptance! But then why should our heritage footwear, which is often unfairly marked as ‘too much’ be kept buried under the dark shadows of ignorance?
Mojaris shoes online are now making a welcome comeback with modern twists made to the typically leather handcrafted shoe. The royal ethnic footwear worn by kings and princes of bygone North India was somewhere lost and buried under boots, shoes and other western influenced footwear for men. Back in the days, these would have real gold and silver along with precious gem stones stitched on them as the perfect royal shoes! Then with time the commoners designed similar styled shoes without the precious ornamentations, but still made sturdy with good quality leather. Anthropological history suggests that the shoe was designed keeping in mind the harsh extremes of climates prevalent in the northern part of the country. Something only good quality, strong leather was well-equipped to tackle!
The shoe is said to have originated during the rule of the Mughal dynasty and was decorated with Zari, vibrant colors, gem stones and trinkets. They later shot to fame in the fashion block with the Mughal Emperor Saleem Shah, which is why Mojaris are often called as Saleem Shahis! Modern day Mojaris or most of the men’s festive shoes online still go best with clothes like Salwar Kameez or Sherwanis, that are both common traditional apparels for North Indian men.
Even today Mojaris or Nagra casual shoes for men are exclusively handcrafted by skilled artisans who have mastered their arts as a part of their family legacies! Jutti (nagra shoes) making is still a quite cumbersome task that requires the joined team work of different artisans who have been at this craft for generations now. The raw leather or materials are usually procured by the chamaars who use the process of vegetable dyeing to prepare the leather. Then the materials go to the Rangaars who are in-charge of coloring or dyeing the materials, and then the mochis assemble each piece of the shoe with all its accents and decorations to intricately give birth to a real sartorial masterpiece!
If you want to rock a pair of mojari or nagra shoes for men, then pair it with a quintessential ethnic wear. For a simple cotton kurta, you could bring on the statement shoes with vibrant colors. A good rule of thumb when styling ethnic shoes is to try and match the shoe zari color with your outfit zari color! So, go on and get bold this wedding season!