Vankar or weavers followed their ancestral profession
of weaving for a long time. The community was meted
out a treatment like the untouchables.
textile industry of India was far ahead and prosperous
before the advent of machine-age. The fabrics made in
India were sent to far off countries. The weavers
community was in a good condition at that time.
Industrialisation took place under the British rule
and the art of hand weaving suffered a setback.
Weavers had to confront unemployment. Proverty struck
them with vengeance and their condition continuously
went to deteriorating. Vankars live with their
community brethren. The area or the street of their
dwellings was called ‘Vankarvas’. They built their
houses with clay with a small verandah in the front.
They install a handloom in one of the rooms. The
flooring of that room is normally at a low level. They
keep their houses comparatively clean. Some better-off
Vankar families now live in concrete houses. Many
Vankar families have shifted to other professions. Few
educated Vankars have joined government and private
jobs. According to a legend, Shatraling Lake
constructed by Siddhraj Jaysinh of Patan remained
without water due to the curse of Jasama Odan. The
occultists suggested a sacrifice of a man with
numerous qualities and peculiarities. Such a man was
found in ‘Mayo’ of the Vankar community. He came
forward to sacrifice his own life only with a
condition of abolishing one of the most insulting
custom imposed upon his community.