The production of the sandal like footwear for men known as Peshawari Chappal is a big business in and around the city. With a variety of designs and stuff it is taken as souvenir as well
THE SHU (CHITRALI PATTI):
Patti is an Urdu word meaning “strip or bandage” and the word was probably borrowed by the British in India to describe the “Leggings made of cloth strips” used primarily by the military, and called puttees. Chitrali Patti, called “Shu” in Khowar, is a pure wool fabric, woven from entirely hand-spun yarn,. It is usually produced in lengths of 20 yards, and between 12 to 14 inches wide. It comes in natural shades of white, gray, black and brown, and the distinctive walnut-dyed, red. The fabric is felted after weaving which ensures that as well as being light and warm, it is also wind-proof. Patti is spun and woven in parts of Northern Areas as well, including Hunza, where it is known as “Pattu”. The reputation of Patti has stimulated entrepreneurs in areas such as Swat and Lahore to organize the weaving of cheap synthetic fabrics in near-sweatshop conditions, using factory-spun yarn. The results are also marketed as handmade Patti.
Handicrafts of Swat
The origin of embroidery has a long and time-tested history and is recorded in the annals of history from time immemorial. The art was perfected in ancient Egypt, Northern Europe and China. Intricately designed and embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items has been hallmarks of social status and signs of affluence and wealth of the family in many ancient cultures and civilizations in Persia, India, China, Byzantium, and medieval England. Hand Embroidery is a traditional art form passed from generation to generation in diverse cultures and the art-oriented dwellers of Swat has inherited this profound tradition from the artisans of Ghanhdara.
Peshawar Rugs: Old Traditions
Peshawar rugs are woven in northern Pakistan, very close to the Afghan border. The region is not, however, a traditional rug producing center. Part of the reason it has become one, and it has, is the political situation in Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. Nearly all Afghan rugs, for example, are produced in Peshawar. That is, they are washed, clipped, stretched, and finished to ready them for final sale. Afghan weavers who have lived and worked in Pakistan for the last several years, however, are beginning to return home. It will clearly take some years to re-establish in Kabul what is up and running in Peshawar today.
Production of Peshawar rugs is thus contemporary rather than historic. On the one hand, Peshawar rugs continue many rug making traditions of Central Asia. On the other, they also incorporate modern elements into classical motifs. Peshawar also produces good quality rugs in traditional Central Asian and Persian styles.