stages of development seen among the Charan community
are not evident among the Rabaris. The whole community
of Rabaris is usually engaged in the occupation of
cattle rearing and animal husbandry. The Rabaris of
Gir live a nomadic life like the maldhari Charan and
they live in ‘Nes’. Those living in villages live a
normal life of villagers.
Rabaris are mainly divided into two classes-the
Rabaris of Saurashtra and the Rabaris of Gujarat. The
third section of Rabaris is known Padhiyar Rabaris.
They near goat and sheep and continue to move from one
place to another. Padhiyar Rabaris are mainly
concentrated in and around Kutch area. Rabaris are
tall, well built and strong. Bijal, Ram, Deva and such
other names are frequently found among them. Kali,
Rudi, Jethi, and the like are the names found in the
the Rabaris wear breeches, long cloth on the waist and
a turban with many turns and twists. A triangular
piece of cloth of half a meter called ‘Melkhayu’ is
generally put underneath the turban. The Rabaris of
Saurashtra do not use ‘melkhayu’ and their turban is
bigger or the shirt of the Rabaris of Gujarat. Kediyu
or the shirt of the Rabaris of Gujarat is simple,
whereas the Rabaris of Saurashtra were the Kediyu,
which is bigger in size and with more strings. The
sleeves are biggest and longer to the size of the hand
and the arm. The breeches are also long.
Rabaris males wear big-ear rings and golden flowers.
The wrist and the ankles are also not bare. The women
wear Jimi, Soft and thin blanket and simple cloth.
They are fond of silver ornaments. The Rabaris women
are famous for their skill in embroidery. They use
small round pieces of glass-mirror in their
Rabaris are very much fond of festival. They celebrate
almost every occasion with Raas. They are equally good
at singing of bhajans. The percentage of literacy is
very low among them. Janmashtami is their main
festival and they celebrate it with all pomp and