Mother of Pearl studded Wooden stilts known as kabkabs or nalins were once a practical way for women in the Middle East to protect themselves from dirt and discomfort on wet, muddy streets. Those belonging to the wealthy were often richly inlaid with mother of pearl and had embroidered leather, silk or velvet straps. The name kabkab is derived from the sound they make when walking on marble floors.
The uppers were embroidered with silver, gold or pewter wire. For special occasions, like a wedding, the wooden stilts were entirely covered with intricately decorated silver, or with small silver ornaments. Many times brides were very young girls and, therefore, small in stature.To compensate this, bridal kabkabs were sometimes made as high as two feet. Socially, kabkabs were only worn by women. In bathhouses, however, simple ones, sometimes with a little carving only and a leather-strap upper, were also worn by men. The item "Antique Mother Of Pearl Inlay Turkish Pool Shoes" is in sale since Monday, March 29, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Middle East". The seller is "jydonne" and is located in Norman, Oklahoma. This item can be shipped worldwide.