Shimpi community is the minority tailor caste, who is Indo-Aryan ethnic group, based in Maharashtra and other parts of western India. Shimpi in Andhra Pradesh are called Mera Shimpi, Lingayats. The Shimpi are very down to earth and have respect for the family. The Shimpi community is also popular with the name of Namdeo. The Shimpi community is divided into adnao (surname) which is exogamous. The surnames are Namewar, Yannawar, Kellewar, Setelwar, Chanderwar derived from the villages. The Shimpi community mainly believes in arranged marriages, of parents' choice. The surnames regulate the marital alliances. Matrilineal cross cousin marriages are permitted whereas patrilateral cross cousin marriages are forbidden. Shimpi brides wear the most important symbols of marriage - mangalsutra, vermilion on forehead 'kunku' and toe rings 'jodwe'. They practice dowry in cash and kind. A woman is allowed to marry by lagan (wedding) only once in her lifetime. The age for marriage has been increased. Day of the wedding is set up by the priest in an engagement ceremony 'shakharpuda' followed by 'wang nischay'. 'Simant pujan' is performed on the day of the wedding. At the eve of the wedding 'haldi chadavane' is held. Marriage ceremony takes place at the bride's house where the mandap is setup by the elderly men. The brides wedding dress is a nine yard sari called as Nauvari usually a Banaras green colored sari, although now many brides are opting for Kanchipuram saris. They adorn themselves with pearls and this is one of the most distinct features of their bridal attire.