Peshawari chappal

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Peshawari chappal with a golden design
Peshawari Chappal Charsadda Style Black
A black Peshawari chappal in Charsadda-style

Peshawari chappal (Pashto: پېښورۍ چپل‎) is a traditional footwear of Pakistan, worn especially by Pashtuns in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. The shoe takes its name from the city of Peshawar,[1] where it originates from, while "chappal" is the local word for flip-flops. Peshawari chappal is worn by men casually or formally, usually with the Shalwar kameez dress. Because of its comfort, it is used in place of sandal or slipper in Pakistan.

It is a semi-closed footwear which consists of two wide strips where both strips are joined with the sole by crossing each other.[2] The back side has also a strip with a buckle to tie according to the foot size and level of comfort. It is traditionally made with pure leather with its sole often made of truck tyre. It is available in many traditional designs[3] and colors with various variations such as works of golden and silver threads, which give the shoe a more elegant look. Peshawari chappals have become increasingly popular[4] in other parts of Pakistan; even wearing them with jeans has become a fashion trend, especially among urban youth.[5] With the increase access of Peshawari Chappals through ecommerce websites it's now revitalizing with new designs in many cities of Pakistan and Dubai.[6]

Peshawari Chappals are made from soft leather which is sown onto the rubber tyre sole. The materials are cheap, easily available and very hard wearing. Intricate designs are added to the leather upper before the shoe is put into a mould which stretches it to size.[7]

In March 2014, Peshawari Chappal became the center of a global fashion debate when Sir Paul Smith (fashion designer) made a similar shoe, which sold for £300.[8] This prompted complaints on social media that this appropriated the culture and craft of its original Pakistan makers. Over a thousand petitioners used to ask the designer and U.K. government for remedy. As a result, the shoe's description on the Paul Smith website was changed to read that it was "inspired by Peshawari Chappal."[9][10][11][12]

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  1. ^ "The Peshawari chappal". Hindustan Times. September 24, 2008. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  2. ^ The Making of Peshawari Chappal – Innovation Punjab. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Suede Peshawari Chappal by Color Hive | Peshawar". myoffstreet. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Peshawar News :: Peshawari chappal becoming fade in high society". Frontier Post. August 30, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  5. ^ 5, 2011 "Peshawari Chappal with jeans becomes a youth cult" Check |url= value (help). November 24, 2010. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  6. ^ "Peshawari Chappals Ecommerce Trend in Pakistan". ProPakistani. September 8, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  7. ^ "Peshawari Chappals & Sandals sales, reviews and information". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  8. ^ DEAD LINK: 11, 2014 "How Paul Smith Sandals Peeved Pakistan" Check |url= value (help). The Wall Street Journal. March 11, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "Paul Smith shoes and cultural appropriation".
  10. ^ "Outrage erupts over designer's take on classic Pakistani shoe". The Globe and Mail.
  11. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (March 10, 2014). "Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300". The Independent. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Syed, Madeeha (March 18, 2014). "A chappal of two cities: The £300 Paul Smith surprise". Dawn.

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