With over 100 pairs of Kolhapuri juttis (footwear) sold in two days, the Yuva Kriti or handicraft mela caught the fancy of Punjabis at the National Youth festival being held at the Punjab Agricultural University campus.
Available for men, women and even children the Kolhapuri juttis were sold like hot cakes. Talking to Newsline, a representative at the Kolhapur stall said, “These juttis are made from pure leather and since they are very famous we have a fixed rate at Rs 250 for men and women juttis while it is Rs 150 per pair for children.”
He added, “Just like Ludhiana has hosiery industry in every other street, it is juttis that are handmade by the rural people in Kolhapur.” Asked about the response received from visitors, he said, “It is awesome. More than 100 pairs have been sold and maximum are being purchased by women.” Key chains replicating juttis were also selling in good numbers. Other attractions included sikki dolls from Bihar at Rs 1,500. Renu Chaudhary who got madhubani paintings and dolls from Bihar said, “Sikki is a special grass which grows in Bihar and these dolls and other items such as baskets, wall hangings etc are made out of it.”
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Teak wood handicrafts from Kerala’s Idduki and metal and glass lanterns from Moradabad were also an attraction. “People are enquiring about the stuff but are not buying much. We have three more days and we are hopeful,” said Arshad Siddiqui from Moradabad.
Also the special handmade chappals from Karnataka’s Athani village in Belgam district caught much attention. Bamboo magazine holders and trays from Assam were among the affordable buys.