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Regions with significant populations
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat
Primary: Telugu[1]
Other languages: Kannada, Saurashtra
Om.svg Hinduism Divisions based on Sampradaya
Related ethnic groups
Saliya, Padmasali, Pattegar

Pattusali (also spelt as Pattu Sale, Pattushali, Pata Sali & Patha Sali) is a Hindu community predominantly residing in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Karnataka and Gujarat.

They wear the sacred thread,[2] follow Hinduism and are mainly Vaishnavas, though there is a significant proportion of Shaivas as well.[1] They are Telugu speakers[1][3] and are found largely in the state of Andhra Pradesh particularly in Anantapur, Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts.[1][4]

These people specialise in weaving silk used to decorate and worship gods with silk cloth known as Pattu, hence the name Pattusali in Telugu.[citation needed] Traditionally, Pattusalis as the name suggests are confined to weave only silk and other finer quality of yarn,[4] where as Padmasalis weave only coarse cloths from cotton, they are often confused with Padmasali while there is no direct connection between their origin or cultures.[2][1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e P, Swarnalatha. The World of the Wever in Northern Coromandel, C.1750-C.1850 (2005 ed.). Hyderabad: Orient Longman Private Limited. p. 32. ISBN 9788125028680. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ a b General, India Office of the Registrar (1961). Census of India, 1961, Volume 2, Part 6, Issue 31. Manager of Publications. p. 13.
  3. ^ Krishna, Nanditha (1992). Arts and Crafts of Tamilnadu. Mapin Pub. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-944142-21-9.
  4. ^ a b Francis, W. (1992). Vizagapatam District Gazetteer. Asian Educational Services. p. 123. ISBN 9788120608115.

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