preparing the food in the fading light of the evening,
sitting behind a herd of cattle in the outskirts of
the village was a common scene once upon a time. The
male members with a red turban on their head gathered
in a cheerful meeting upto late night. They were the
Vanzaras living a nomadic life like gypsies.
Vanzaras never stayed at one place for more days or
even hours. They moved from one place to another with
their cattle and scarce household means. When there
were bare means of transport like the modern day
railway and trucks, Vanzaras were the transporters.
They used to rear bulls for this purpose. They were
very happy and prosperous at one time. Some of the
Vanzaras were even money-lenders.
Vanzaras moved from one place to another in a large
number. Their dwellings looked like a big camp. Some
Vanzaras builts inns, wells and step-wells too. The
traditional occupation of the Vanzaras has lost its
vitality with the advent of machine age. The Vanzaras
now-a-days undertake the contracts of providing sand
and soil at the sight where any construction work is
donkeys for this purpose. They are originally from
Marwad and have preserved that culture. Phoolaji,
Adaji etc. Are commonly found names for males and Sona,
Teji etc. in females.
Vanzaras are dark whitish in complexion. They are well
built and strong. Their attire is similar to the
Marwads. They keep big whiskers and moustaches. They
were a dhoti in Marwadi style, tight shirt, coaty and
a Marwadi turban. The women-folk are charming and
beautiful. They wear large petticoat and kapadi. The
string for tying the petticoat is knitted with
artificial pearls. Young girls prepare such strings.
She is given some two dozen knitted string after her
marriage. Such strings are a symbol of Vanzaras