Feet & Footwear In Indian Culture
Innumerable references to the foot and to foot worship in Indian culture convey the impression that the foot is regarded as an important if not the most important part of the human body.
The richness and variety of ancient and traditional footwear are lavishly illustrated, with outstanding examples of the typical toe-knob sandals worn by mendicants and holy men and the beautifully embroidered shoes of the wealthy. —The Asian Age
The religious and historical significance of feet and footwear in Indian art and culture are presented in this book, which was inspired by The Bata Shoe Museum Foundation. The richness and variety of ancient and traditional footwear are lavishly illustrated, with outstanding examples of the typical toe-knob sandals worn by mendicants and holy men and the beautifully embroidered shoes of the wealthy. Rare information on footwear has been culled from lesser-known Buddhist
and Jain sources concerning the traditions and regulations governing the monastic life of monks.
As part of the research, the Foundation organized field trips to various parts of India to document the making of some of the most traditional footwear types created by village craftsmen. Patterns and decorative treatments were studied and photographed. Examples include the making of leather Chappals in Kohlapur; embroidered Juttis in Jodhpur, Indo-Tibetian felt boots
in Sikkim and vegetable fibre shoes in Ladakh.
• Part 1: The Foot in Indian Culture
• Part 2: Ancient Footwear and Types of Shoes
• Ancient Footwear and Types of Shoes:
• Traditional Hide, Leather, and Leather Workers in India
• Part 3: Traditional Indian Footwear in the Modern Period
• Photo Credits
|Number of illustrations
|131 colour and 26 b/w
|9 x 11" (229 x 280 mm), hc
|Date of Publishing
|Mapin in association with The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto