Giveh, Iranian  Cotton Shoes

Giveh is a kind of soft, comfortable, durable and handwoven-top shoe, common in several parts of Iran especially in rural and mountainous areas of the Western province of Kermanshah. Giveh production has 1000 years of history in Iran. The production centers of Giveh are the two provinces of Yazd and Kermanshah. In Kermanshah it is called KELASH in Kurdish language.

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Giveh is made up of two parts: the sole and the upper. The sole is made of small pieces of cotton materials which are fastened together with a string of rubber. Usually two small pieces of leather are used in the back and front parts of the sole to make it stronger. The upper part is a piece of woven cotton or wool thread. 

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Before the arrival of rubber industry to the area, Giveh-makers would use a kind of wild-bull leather to make GIVEH sole, and the upper part was made of wool or cotton thread.

Being expensive, Giveh is mostly affordable for the upper calls. Hoever, with the arrival of rubber industry, lower-class people have used rubber in the sole of their givehs.

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At the eve of 2017 Iran designated Nodesheh, a small city in Paveh district of Kermanshah province as the GIVEH CITY, of Iran. Creativity in colors, design, and the presence of 2 thousand Giveh producers allows Nodesheh to stand out for this expensive handicraft in Iran.

 

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