Kandhkot - When a common thing falls in the hands of skilled artisans, it becomes so magical, elegant and precious that it seems to be touching the sky.

In Kandhkot, people of Marwai community are especially famous for making exquisite Khusaas and Juttis, and they are into this business for a long time now. The profession has been handed down to them by their ancestors.

It has been learnt that in Kandhkot, more than 120 artisans are attached to this profession. Though the art of embroidery is found all over the world, but especially in Pakistan and India the tradition is even stronger as nawabs and landlords take keen interest in wearing embroidered items.

When this scribe approached famous artisans Multano Marwai and Besham Marwai, they first expressed their gratitude to Allah Almighty that they had been doing this business for the last eight decades due to His blessings. “Hundreds of families are earning their livelihoods from this work,” they said.

Khussa and special Juttis are types of footwear, which are worn particularly at special events like marriages, mehndis, musical shows, during Eid days and at other gatherings. These are made from genuine leather. Then embroidery is done on them of different colours and styles.

Leather is bought from markets of Karachi, Lahore and even Dubai.

The artisans further told The Nation that due to government’s support, especially of the Sindh government, they had visited many countries, including UK in 1994, Musqat in 1997, Saudi Arabia in 2000, Germany in 2004 and also India.

“Different varieties of varying qualities have different prices, ranging from Rs3000 to Rs12000,” they informed. They further said that their products, both for men and women, were exported to local markets and as well to the world markets.