The Saurashtra, also known as pattusali, are one of the important immigrant communities. The Community's name 'pattusali' is derieved from 'pattu', which means silk and 'Sali' is derieved from 'saleedu' meaning 'spider'. As the spider weave s it's web , so is the person engaged in weaving. According to Thurston (1909), the name Sali is derieved from Sanskrit salika or weaver. In Tamil Nadu they are called Saurashtras, meaning people of Saurashtra. The three endogamous communities traditionally engaged in weaving are Padmasali, Pattusali and Devanga. Of these, only the Pattusali are vegetarian and have many brahmanical practices.