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Paduka sandals from India

These wooden sandals are from India and are said to have been worn by Hindu priests. They are called 'padukas', which are wooden sandals with narrow stilts and a single toe post. Padukas are often decorated like this pair, but can also have intricate shapes and decorative inlays.

Padukas are often associated with holiness, as they encourage the practice of minimising violence which is a part of Hindu and Jain religious traditions in India. The narrow stilts help the wearer to avoid unnecessarily trampling plants and insects.

Museum object number REDMG : 1957.428.1

length 11 inches

See related topic: World Collection: Belief

See related topic: World Collection: Ornamentation

'Paduka: feet and footwear in the Indian tradition', an online exhibition by the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto.