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 vishwakarma, and a minority Hindu Community of Gujarat. They are artisan and community involved in the building of many of the forts, historical monuments, buildings of the Princely State of Cutch and railway lines and bridges.
The Suthar community of Gujarat are also called as Mistris or Mistri Suthar. They are a Hindu community belonging to the Vishwakarma group involved largely in carpentry works, as gold Smith,black Smith and also priests.
Other Backward Class
The Mistri Garjar 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.
- 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.