Kolhapuri Chappals are handcrafted leather sandals that get their name from the place of their origin, the district of Kolhapur in the state of Maharashtra. The exact date of its origin, is unknown, but the cobblers of this district have succeeded in creating a globally recognized product. These chappals, which were probably worn only by the inhabitants of Kolhapur, are now worn all over India and abroad.
Handmade Plastic Baskets
Adhar Samajik Sanstha has revived the traditional craft of Chettinad by teaching it to a group of village women from many Kolhapur Villages. The Foundation now also runs many production centres and provides employment to more than 150 women. The aim of the project is to provide a dependable and sustainable source of income through craft.
Ghongadi is a cultural and spiritual inheritance of Maharashtra. It holds immense significance in the various religious activities like ‘Jagran Gondhal’ of the Maharashtrian community. Ghongadi is considered auspicious while fixing marriages in rural areas as well as a seating arrangement for the guests visiting the villages.
The royals of Maharashtra since prehistoric times left behind a legacy of wearing a ‘pagdi, in other words a head gear which till date plays a significant role when it comes to traditional costumes and attires for the men living in Maharashtra. Kolhapuri Pheta when donned gives the wearer a noble and distinct look which automatically speaks for itself without the need of any additional adornments.
Nauvari Saree is a traditional saree which actually is known for it’s Long Length of 9 yards. A normal saree is of 5.5 meters or 6 meters while a Nauvari saree is or more than 8 meters. During the traditional events like festivals or weddings, women love to wear Maharastrian saree styles.
Thushi and Saaj - The Jewel of Maharashtra is a traditional Maharashtrian jewellery from Peshwa dynasty. Maharashtrian jewellery is particularly known for its gracefulness. Thushi's have become very popular among style-conscious ladies and so every lady wants to have thushi necklace as a part of her collection.
Kolhapuri Bantu requires no introduction. It is more like a sandal than a slipper. Bantu, sometimes has over hundred years old history, firstly started in Kolhapur and some parts of Maharashtra border. Bantu is now becoming friend of Denims and the new fashion of using Bantu as summer shoes is getting popular each day.
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Yatrapuri is about trying to explore the Indian Heritage Sites and Indian Handicrafts. Kalapuri’s craft tours aims to connect the global traveler with India’s artisans and craft communities.
We journey into the nooks and crannies of rural India with individual travellers or travel groups, giving them a first-hand look at how India’s traditional crafts are practiced. Travellers are given the unique opportunity of interacting with artisans, watching them in the process and uncovering stories seldom found in books and travel magazines.
Each tour is completely customized, catering to the interests, tastes and budgets of individual travelers or travel groups. We work closely with our customers to make travel, accommodation and meal arrangements that meet their specific requirements.
At present we organize tours in various villages across the Kolhapur, Sangli, Sindhudurg, Raigad, Satara, Nashik, Pune of Maharashtra and Belgaum, Bagalkot, Hubli of Karnataka. We’ll soon be commencing tours to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.