Kori caste

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Kori (also known as Koli[1]) is an Indian caste, whose traditional occupation was that of weavers.[2] Kori is classified as a Scheduled Caste in the states of Uttar Pradesh[3][4] and Uttarakhand.[5]

The name "Kori" derives from the word "kora" (coarse cloth), which refers to their traditional occupation.[6] Some Koris claim descent from Kabir.[7]

The Kori Scheduled Caste population in Uttar Pradesh at the 2011 Census of India was 2,293,937.[8]


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  2. ^ M. P. S. Chandel (1991). Democratic Transformation of a Social Class. Mittal Publications. p. 49. ISBN 978-81-7099-314-8. 
  3. ^ Ashish Tripathi (19 February 2011). "UP government has clarified that kori caste is considered as scheduled caste". The Times of India. 
  4. ^ Scheduled castes of Uttar Pradesh
  5. ^ Scheduled castes of Uttarakhand
  6. ^ K. S. Singh (1998). India's Communities. Oxford University Press. p. 1822. ISBN 978-0-19-563354-2. 
  7. ^ B. V. Bhanu (2004). People of India: Maharashtra. Popular Prakashan. p. 1118. ISBN 978-81-7991-101-3. 
  8. ^ "A-10 Individual Scheduled Caste Primary Census Abstract Data and its Appendix - Uttar Pradesh". Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 2017-02-06.