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The Making of a Pair of Cutarras


[Leather, the main component of the cutarras]

Leather, the main component of the cutarras


[Cutting of the soles]

Cutting of the soles


[Tools, soles and straps, ready for the making of the cutarras]

Tools, soles and straps, ready for the making of the cutarras


[Straps being cut and prepared for the weaving.]

Straps being cut and prepared for the weaving.


[Assembling of the sole and straps into the cutarra]

Assembling of the sole and straps into the cutarra


[Straps being affixed to the cutarra.]

Straps being affixed to the cutarra.


[Final adjustments for a personalized fit]

Final adjustments for a personalized fit


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2007-01-13

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.


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