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Regions with significant populations
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat
Telugu, Kannada, Saurashtra
Om.svg Hinduism Divisions based on Sampradaya
Related ethnic groups
Saurashtra people, Pattegar, Telugu people

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[1], follow Hinduism and are mainly Vaishnavas, though there is a significant proportion of Shaivas as well.[2]

Origin & Etymology[edit]

These people have migrated from Saurashtra[3] in Gujarat and specialise in weaving silk used to decorate and worship gods with silk cloth known as Pattu in Tamil, hence the name Pattusali in Telugu and Patnūlkarar in Tamil and are collectively called Saurashtra people.[4][5]


These people are found largely in the state of Andhra Pradesh particularly in Anantapur, Godavari, Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts.[2][6]


Traditionally, Pattusalis as the name suggests are confined to weave only silk and other finer quality of yarn[6], where as Padmashalis weave only coarse cloths from cotton, they are often confused with Padmashali while there is no direct connection between their origin or cultures.[7][2][1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b General, India Office of the Registrar (1961). Census of India, 1961, Volume 2, Part 6, Issue 31. Manager of Publications. p. 13.
  2. ^ a b c 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.
  3. ^ S, Karger (1978). Human Heredity. Karger. p. 227.
  4. ^ People of India: A - G.- Volume 4. Oxford Univ. Press. 1998. p. 3189. ISBN 9780195633542.
  5. ^ "Pattusali Community". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b Francis, W. (1992). Vizagapatam District Gazetteer. Asian Educational Services. p. 123. ISBN 9788120608115.
  7. ^ Singh, Kumar Suresh; India, Anthropological Survey of (2003). People of India - Volume 26, Part 3. Anthropological Survey of India. p. 1165. ISBN 9788185938981.

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