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‘Chipi (or chimba), a cloth printer - Tashrih al-aqvam (1825), f.260v - BL Add. 27255.jpg
Chhipa, a cloth printer from Tashrih al-aqvam (1825)
Regions with significant populations
Nepal,[1][dead link][2] India and Pakistan
Nepal Bhasa,[1][2] Gujarati, Kutchi and Marwari
Hindu, Buddhism, Islam[1][2]

The Chhipa (alternatively spelled Chippa) are a community or clan of people with ancestral roots tracing back to India.


A traditional stencil used to block print fabrics

The word chhipa is believed to come from two Nepal Bhasa words, "chhi" (to dye) and "pa" (to leave something to bask in sun).[1][2] 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 dyeing and printing fabrics.[citation needed]

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