Chhipa, a cloth printer from Tashrih al-aqvam (1825)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Nepal, India and Pakistan|
|Nepal Bhasa, Gujarati, Kutchi and Marwari|
|Hindu, Buddhism, Islam|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Ranjitkar, Chhipi and Chhimba|
The Chhipa (alternatively spelled Chippa) are a community or clan of people with ancestral roots tracing back to India.
History and Origin
The word chhipa is believed to come from two Nepal Bhasa words, "chhi" (to dye) and "pa" (to leave something to bask in sun). According to old Gujarati record books, referred to as Balwa Pothy, their Rajput community was founded in Nagaur, Rajasthan and later spread to Gujarat where they took up the skill of dying and printing fabrics. The community speak Marwari.
In Pakistan, Chhipa are a Sunni Hanafi Muslim Rajput community settled in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. The Chhipa Welfare Association is funded by the Chhipa community of Pakistan and based in Karachi.
In America, The Chhipa Foundation of America was created which sponsors the Chhipa Convention, held annually in Washington, D.C.
- Phada textile art of Chhipa in Rajasthan
- Chhipa block printing in Rajasthan
- Namdev Vanshi Chhipa community
- Kathari block printing from 1895