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The search for some of the ornamental and durable footwear led to the city of Kolhapur located in Maharashtra, India. As the name itself Kolhapuri Chappal originated from Kolhapur, which was especially made for the people of this place. Chappals of hard core for the farmers and fancy chappals for the office bearers in the courts of the king as per their need (of work- rough use) were made. It is believed that the artisans were encouraged in making varieties of chappals during the reign of Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur. For which artisan’s had tussle with themselves to find the ways in making best and variety of chappals for the king according the artisan, who runs chappal business since many generations.
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