The Making of a Pair of Cutarras
Leather, the main component of the cutarras
Cutting of the soles
Tools, soles and straps, ready for the making of the cutarras
Straps being cut and prepared for the weaving.
Assembling of the sole and straps into the cutarra
Straps being affixed to the cutarra.
Final adjustments for a personalized fit
As in many warm weather parts of the world, open footwear made of leather are also popular in Panama. Our peasants have made and worn, for many generations, a traditional variety called cutarra.
The making of a pair of cutarras is a very interesting process. They are made entirely of leather. The complex part of the making of the cutarras is the weaving of the letter strips. Only after a long time of practice, an artisan masters the technique.