Unraveling the Tapestry: Peshawari Kheri, Pekhawry Tsaplay (Pashto: څپلی ) or Charsaddaywall

Unraveling the Tapestry: Peshawari Kheri, Pekhawry Tsaplay (Pashto: څپلی ) or Charsaddaywall

The Peshawari Kheri, with its timeless design and sturdy build, transcends footwear, becoming a cultural emblem woven into the fabric of Pakistani heritage. But did you know this iconic staple boasts a vibrant tapestry of regional names, each whispering tales of tradition and local pride? Let's embark on a journey beyond "Peshawari Kheri" to explore the diverse appellations celebrating this cherished craft, with a special focus on Bera's role in preserving this legacy.

From Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Heart

In the birthplace of the Peshawari Kheri, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, regional names reflect cultural nuances and communities associated with the sandals.


Hailing from Charsadda district, renowned for its skilled leather artisans, this name highlights the local origin and craftsmanship. Imagine the skilled hands of Charsadda shaping each sandal, imbuing it with their region's heritage.


"Bannusay" refers to a traditional footwear from District Bannu, but it's used interchangeably with "Peshawari Chappal" in certain regions, particularly among Pashtun communities of this region. This shared term unites diverse communities under the umbrella of this beloved footwear.

Beyond Borders: Embracing Diversity

As the Peshawari Kheri's popularity soared across Pakistan, its names evolved to reflect its wider cultural acceptance.

Pekhawry Tsaplay (Pashto: څپلی )

This informal term, prevalent in Punjabi and Urdu, simply translates to "from Peshawar," again emphasizing the sandal's origin. Imagine the sandals traveling beyond regional borders, carrying a piece of Peshawar with them.


This name, meaning "five-toed" in Urdu, references the traditional design's distinctive strips with an open design, highlighting its visual characteristics. It's a simple yet evocative identifier, ingrained in the popular language.

Peshawari Kheri: Fact or Folklore?

While "Kheri Chappal" appears in some sources, its historical accuracy and widespread usage remain debatable. There's no definitive evidence linking it to a specific region or community. It's possible that "Kheri" is a slang term used casually and regionally, but it might not accurately reflect the sandal's true heritage.

Bera's Role: Beyond Names, Preserving Legacy

Now, let's weave Bera's story into this tapestry. While celebrating diverse names, Bera goes beyond mere nomenclature. Their mission: to revive cultural heritage, champion local artisans, and reimagine cultural icons for the modern world. They understand that the names hold cultural significance, and their efforts aren't just about crafting footwear; they're about preserving a legacy.

Bera achieves this through several initiatives

Sourcing ethically 

They partner with skilled artisans across Pakistan, ensuring fair wages and preserving traditional techniques.

Modernising with respect 

They introduce contemporary designs while staying true to the sandal's essence, ensuring its relevance for future generations.

Sharing the stories 

They actively share the cultural significance and diverse names associated with the Peshawari Kheri, raising awareness and appreciation for this heritage.

Embracing the Future: A Legacy Woven by Many Hands

As the Peshawari Kheri continues its journey, new names and variations might emerge. Yet, the essence remains – a celebration of heritage, local artisanship, and the enduring legacy of a cultural icon. So, the next time you slip on a Bera Chappal, remember:

  • You're not just wearing footwear; you're supporting local artisans and cultural preservation.
  • You're contributing to a story woven by countless hands across regions and communities.
  • You're a part of the evolving legacy of the Peshawari Kheri, carrying its diverse names and rich heritage forward.
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