By Arif Noor
When you happen to see Balochi chappal , you would think it as a really heavy one that may cause you trouble after being worn. However, the expert craftsman has introduced light weight Balochi Chappal just according to the latest fashion.
The market of Prince Road Quetta is famous for all kinds of Balochi chappals. Despite modernization, the basic shape and structure of Balochi Chappal is not altered. This is a major factor for its fame and popularity among people. As a result, Balochi Chappal is used with Shalwar Kameez as well as the youth wears it with Jeans these days.
The names of Balochi chappal are attributed to different tribes. Faisal Kareem Bukhsh who is the owner of Balochi chappal shop told Pak Voices that there are various designs but famous styles among them are Saadat, Norozi, Balaach, Maingal and Shikari.
Faisal further said,” We prepare chappals of different colours as per demand and upon order.” He said that Balochi chappal is being prepared in various steps using strong thread, leather and tyres etc.
According to Faisal, the sole of chappal is being prepared with tyres that are imported from Turkey and Iran whereas leather comes from Lahore.
The interesting fact is that Balochi chappal is famous not only among Balochs but gaining popularity among youth in major cities of Pakistan. Faisal explained, “Local people, as well as people from other parts of the country, are also taking interest in Balochi chappal.”
He added that people use this chappal by themselves and also they gift it to their friends and relatives.
The price of Balochi chappal is not less as compared with shoes of any other brand. According to Faisal,” The price of Balochi chappal is different depending upon its designs and quality.” He told that the prices range between RS 1000 to RS 8000.
One pair of chappal is being made ready in a time span of 2 to 3 days and it doesn’t require any kind of machinery but it is all artefact of an expert craftsman.
The writer is working for PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Gawadar.
Edited by Hasan Khan
Translated by Salman Tahir