Asian Tribal Art - Sandals (Paduka), India

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Khadau chappals or paduka
10" (25.3 cm) long
Late 19th to early 20th century

A heavily encrusted pair of Indian paduka sandals with a simple scale pattern. Because leather was prohibited in earlier times, wood was used due to its insulating properties, as it was believed that one's energy would be prevented from being grounded by the earth.


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