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Vanza also spelt as Wanza sometimes, is one the Hindu artisan community from India. The main occupation of the community is of weaving, dyeing and also tailoring -Darzi works.[1][2][3] They are included in other backward class of Gujarat.[4] Outside India, the caste has diaspora and caste associations in nations like, Kenya,[5][6][7] Uganda[8] and United Kingdom.[9] They worship Hinglaj as their kuldevi and many are followers of Pushtimarg sect of Hinduism.

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  1. ^ India. Office of the Registrar General. Census of India, 1961: Gujarat. Manager of Publications; 1970.|=quote Since last two to three centuries Brahmakshatriyas, Muslim Khatris, Garala, Bhavsar and Vanza communities have been engaged in the dyeing
  2. ^ Gopika Solanki (25 April 2011). Adjudication in Religious Family Laws: Cultural Accommodation, Legal Pluralism, and Gender Equality in India. Cambridge University Press. pp. 36, 177, 299, 253, 390–400. ISBN 978-1-139-49927-9. Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Shish Ram Sharma. Protective Discrimination: Other Backward Classes in India. Raj Publications; 2002. ISBN 978-81-86208-23-6. p. 234, 407.
  4. ^ OBC List Gujarat
  5. ^ Pascale Herzig. South Asians in Kenya: Gender, Generation and Changing Identities in Diaspora. LIT Verlag Münster; 2006. ISBN 978-3-8258-0052-9. p. 168–.
  6. ^ Kenya Gazette. 13 February 2004. p. 275.
  7. ^ Cynthia Salvadori. Through open doors: a view of Asian cultures in Kenya. Kenway Publications; 1989. ISBN 978-9966-848-05-5. p. 115–115.
  8. ^ East African Posts and Telecommunications Corporation. Regional Director, Uganda. Post Office Directory of Private Box and Private Bag Renters, Uganda. East African Posts and Telecommunications Corporation; 1973. p. 88.
  9. ^ Religions in the UK: A Multi-faith Directory. University of Derby; 1993. ISBN 978-0-901437-06-8. p. 258.