Castes known as Mistri
There are two different casts by the same name:-
The Mistris ( also known as Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas ) are a community of Kutch who migrated into Kutch in the early 7th Century from Rajasthan, to Saurashtra region of Gujarat. In the 12th Century they entered Kutch and established themselves at Dhaneti, later moving on to establish eighteen villages given to them by the then rulers of Kutch.
They are a community of Kshatriya warriors, and a minority Hindu Community of Gujarat. They are artisan and Kadia community involved in the building of many of the forts, historical monuments, buildings of the Princely State of Cutch and railway lines and bridges.
Other Backward Class
The Mistri Gurjar and Mistri Suthar both have been clubbed together and included in Other Backward Class community of Gujarat by Bakshi Panch. Both communities are given OBC Certificate in name of Mistri only.
- Mistri Encyclopaedia of Backward Castes By Neelam Yadav Page 316.
- Mistris also known as Gurjar Kshatriyas came to Kutch from Rajasthan. They are skilled in Building construction.They are famous designers and developers of buildings and bridges.
- History of KGK Samaj with download links of PDF of some pages of Kumar Ganti History Book :1896 and others
- Kutch Gurjar Kshatriyas founded 18 villages named..
- village, one of the 18 of the ‘mistry gams’ or craftsmen villages scattered in Anjar and Mundra Talukas, has now nothing to show that it was once the home to some of Kutch’s finest artisans.
- Sinogra is known as the `Pride of Kutch`. At least it was until January 26. The killer-temblor has taken down with it this unique village created more than a century ago by `mistris' or masons with a plan that would make modern town developers blush.