Kathi are a brave community, known for rearing
she-horses. They would ride the horse for miles
together, loot the people and villages and never
turned a face even if the death confronted them.
The Kathis are generous, gentle, religious
and firm in nature besides being brave and bold. The
Kathi women also do not lag behind in all these
qualities. The Kathi male are non-vegetarians, whereas
Kathi women are strictly vegetarian. The kitchens for
male and female members of the community are
The decoits turned saints like Jogidas
khuman, Vir Ramvalo and Jetsoor Khachar of Karthi
community have become legends in the folk history.
It is believed that kathis strictly
followed some of the principles like never to harass a
woman or a saint, not to kill a cow and protect the
one who submits himself. Kathiawad, the other name for
Saurathtra is named after the bravery of Kathis.
Plenty of legends and folk tales about Kathis are
being heard in Saurashtra.
The Kathi community has many branches.
Vala, Khuman and Khachar are among the main branches
of ruling class Kathis.
A robust built Kathi riding on a horse
with a long pierce or a sword in his hand reminds us
of our brave ancestors. His attire is similer to that
of a Rajput. A tight shirt, Bhet in the Waist, a loose
turban on the head, breeches and long shoes would draw
a picture of a warrior.
Women usually dress-up in a big petticoat,
blouse and a thin cloth on the head. They are
beautiful and charming. The ornaments have princely
designs. Strong but symetrical body. Pointed nose and
impressive style differentiate the Kathi women from