Darzi, Muslim in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Darzis derived their name from the Persian word 'to sew' or darzan. Sometimes the Darzi are known by the name Darji or Khayyat in India where most of their community live. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them and they found haven in a temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the decendents of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. There are more than 3.5 million Darzis in all and about one third of those are Muslims, the rest are Hindus.

What Are Their Lives Like?

A majority of the Darzi Muslim people live in the central Terai region of Nepal and speak Nepali and Urdu. They often occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other Muslim tradesmen. The Darzis are not vegetarian but tend to avoid beef. As a community they prefer adult marriages and offer children's inheritance privileges to both sons and daughters. Men will sometimes wear a kurtapyjama and woman a salwar-kameez.

What Are Their Needs?

Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, this is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to educational or other development projects. Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs as a means to sharing the gospel among them.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-04
People Name General Darzi, Muslim
People Name in Country Darzi, Muslim
Population in Nepal 24,000
World Population 1,368,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chopan, Darji, Darzi, Idrasi, Idrissi, Khayyat, Merais, Nangdev, Pipavasi, Sai Sutar, Sais, Ses, Setch, Shimpi, Simpi, Sise, Sochi, Suis, Thalavadi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Darzi, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17513
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (6,500) Narayani (5,700) Rapti (3,800) Bheri (3,600)
Janakpur (3,100) Kosi (1,300) Sagarmatha (1,000) Mechi (400)
Bagmati (400) Gandaki (100) Dhawalagiri (100) Seti (90)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Lumbini (6,500) Narayani (5,700)
Rapti (3,800) Bheri (3,600)
Janakpur (3,100) Kosi (1,300)
Sagarmatha (1,000) Mechi (400)
Bagmati (400) Gandaki (100)
Dhawalagiri (100) Seti (90)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nepali (7,700) Urdu (7,400) Bhojpuri (6,800) Maithili (3,200)
Awadhi (1,300) Bengali Rajbanshi Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nepali 7,700 Urdu 7,400
Bhojpuri 6,800 Maithili 3,200
Awadhi 1,300 Bengali
Rajbanshi Marwari

For Main Lanugage: Nepali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1850-1961)
New Testament Yes   (1821-2010)
Complete Bible Yes   (1914-2004)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Nepali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Nepali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.10 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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