Khussa, also known as Mojari in some areas, has developed from its centuries-old predecessor that was worn at that time. It was a kind of footwear worn by the native of South-Asia. The earliest form of Khussa was in wood sandal. Later on, jeweled and embellished sandals were worn in the shape of khussa by the kings and Sultans of Mughal time. Saleem Shah was the Mughal emperor who used this khussa and brought out the latest trends. For that reason, khussa is also known as Saleem Shahi's. It was well-decorated with precious and vibrant jewels and stones.
Khussa is worn by men and women until today. Men wear khussa with Sherwani and Shalwar kameez. A typical and traditional khussa is always made by artisans. It is mostly made of vegetable-tanned leather while the uppers are made of fabric embroidered with shells, mirrors, gems, and stones. Some khussa shoes are only embroidered with fine thread and some are embroidered with zari thread.
Khussa Shoes provide a lot of Customization
Back in the old times, khussa was traditionally embroidered with silver or gold threads and decorated with gems and stones. To make khussa suitable for every era's trend and upcoming fashion, it has developed and rendered a lot of alternations hand to hand.
Khussa is referred to as the closed shoe of a man with an extended curled toe, although they have flat fronts as juttis. The back is usually covered in juttis, but Khussa has an open look from behind. There's no variation between right and left foot, so they're worn synonymously for that purpose. There seem to be no precise measurements, so one can try to see which suits.
Khussa is manufactured in major cities
Khussas are manufactured in many Punjab cities, such as Bahawalpur, Multan, Sargodha, Sheikhupura, and Lahore while they are made in some parts of Sindh too. Those are available across the country in all khussa shops. They are being exported for several years and have managed to create quite a market for themselves.
Difference between men's and women's Khussa
Khussa for men's distinctive characteristic is that they have a blunt expanded edge called a nok bent upwards, the rear protects the ankle, and the upper portion is typically M-shaped, and almost the top of the foot is naked. Typically those are adorned on events. Whereas others are usually referred to as loosely worn juttis, they have such a plain top and a rounded top and bottom foot portion is open.
The khussa for women is shorter, so one variation would be that the upper curve is wider, so less the fingers are noticeable. Whilst another variation is that the upper curve is low, with more foot protect. Traditionally they are made plain like people, but evolving fashion trends have resulted in khussa slippers and even short heel slippers.
So indeed, Khussas symbolizes our diverse cultures and ancestry. They are enduring iconic footwear which has always been a feature of our fashion world and will tend to become so with their actual situation. And since they are even now produced in their original state; yet nowadays we seem to get the chance to wear a part of our collective memory.