Cooverji the Village Cobbler/Baby Black Shoes

Teenaz Javat


When Teenaz Javat was a child in India, her summer sandals were made by a cobbler in her grandmother’s town on the shore of the Arabian Sea. She married a Pakistani man and moved to his country. Uncomfortable in Pakistan, she and her husband and small daughter decided to immigrate. Her daughter wore these baby shoes when they passed through Immigration in Toronto. Now every year, they hang on the family’s Christmas tree, a symbol of distance travelled and independence.

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