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Moirangthem Muktamani, better known as the owner of “Mukta Shoes Industry”, is a National Award winner and State Awardee for handicraft on micro, small and medium enterprise. She is among the 100 successful entrepreneurs from Northeast India. Muktamani was born and brought up in Kakching, a place under Thoubal District, Manipur. Her shoes are unique and different from the ones we see in the market, in that they are hand knitted woolen shoes. 15 years ago, when she could not afford to buy a pair of school shoes for her daughter, this Manipuri mother of four used to repair her daughter’s torn shoes with woolen yarn so that she would not be punished in school. “Making shoes was a necessity for me, but it has turned out to be a rewarding vocation”, says Muktamani. She thanks her daughter’s teacher for the change in her fortunes. “When the teacher noticed that my daughter Ashima was not wearing shoes matching the school uniform, he called her out. She broke down for fear of being punished. But instead of scolding her, the teacher admired her pair of hand-woven shoes and ordered a pair for his daughter. That was my first order,” she recalls.
Below, Mrs. Muktamani and Giskaa Product Specialist for Manipur, Gunindro Singh at her home in Kakching, Manipur.
Muktamani uses woolen thread and hard rubber soles to make all kinds of shoes, including boots. Wool is given to us by nature and never exceeded in quality by any human made material. And, wool is a renewable and sustainable material which can be absorbed by nature again after use. No other material offers such comfort for wearing. After all it is designed by nature to protect and cover skin - all year round. No other fabric has the ability to absorb as much moist as wool, and no other fabric lets your skin breathe so easily.
Woolen knitted shoes are ergonomically designed and hand knitted to wrap cosily around your feet, making them really comfortable to wear. The fact that they are breathable ensures that your feet don't sweat unlike other shoes, however keeping your feet warm at the same time. Woolen knitted shoes are washable and also extremely lightweight. These shoes are also suprisingly durable as the shoes are knitted whole without seams.
There is a big demand today in the trade fairs for Muktamani’s hand knitted shoes in the international market especially from Japan, Australia, Mexico and others. Muktamani is not just another successful artisan but also someone who has transformed the lives of many underprivileged women by training them and making them financially independent. The art is serving as a means of livelihood for many families in the area. Today, Muktamani and her team continues to churn out various excellent designs of knitted woolen shoes. Many of them are proudly showcased on giskaa.com (tip: search for 'Mukta' in the Search box).
Boot it up in style with this unique pair of hand knitted woolen dark brown boots. High ankle boots with lace for both men and women, these boots are warm, comfortable and durable. Made in Manipur.
Hand knitted ankle high boots for both men and women. This hand knitted pair of woolen shoes is trendy and super comfortable to wear. Made in Manipur.
Orange hand knitted laced woolen boots for both men and women. They are stylish, comfortable and light to wear. Made in Manipur.
Breeze through the street in these comfortable pair of black hand knitted loafers. The rubber soles on these shoes offer good grip and they are easy to wash and clean. Made in Manipur.
This lovely pair of handknitted burnt orange shoes for kids designed with laces and black pattern is handknitted out of wool by skilled artisans. These shoes let your kid's feet breathe while keeping them warm. Made in Manipur.
This lovely pair of handknitted salmon pink shoes for kids designed with laces and black pattern is handknitted out of wool by skilled artisans. These shoes let your kid's feet breathe while keeping them warm. Made in Manipur.
Pull out your favourite pair of denims and pair them with this super comfortable black hand-knitted woolen shoes. These shoes are knotted from wool by expert artisans. Made in Manipur.
Slip into these comfortable pair of maroon hand knitted shoes. They are made from wool and designed to let your feet breathe while keeping them adequately warm. Made in Manipur.
Own the streets in this unique and modish pair of gray hand knitted loafers! Soft soles with good grip, super comfortable to wear and easy to care for, this pair of loafers is hand knitted from wool by expert artisans. Made in Manipur.
Snazz up your look with this lovely pair of unique hand knitted shoes. This penny loafers is degined for both men and women with good sole grip and comfort. Made in Manipur.
Look sporty and casual in this unique pair of hand knitted pointed ballerinas. Team it with a pair of tee and cuffed denims. Made in Manipur.
Walk in style with this handsome pair of hand knitted shoes. This pair of tan shoes for men is hand knitted from wool with laces and designed for pure comfort. Made in Manipur.