The word chhipa is believed to come from two Nepal Bhasa words, chhi (to dye) and pa (to leave something to bask in sun).
The word chhipa is derived from the Gujarati word chhapa, which means to print. They are Rajput. The community was originally found in Nagaur in Rajasthan. After their settlement in rajsthan and Gujarat, the community took up the occupation of dyeing and printing clothes. The community speak Marwari, and are found mainly in rajshan (jodhpur, bikaner, nagaur, kuchaman, kuchera, churu ,hudas and etc..) and in north Gujarat, in the districts of Ahmedabad, Nadiad, Baroda and Bharuch. Most Chhipa also speak Gujarati. Chhipa are also known as Chhimpa in Bikaner.
The Chhipa community is divided into a number of clans, known as ataks, the main ones being the Tak, Bhati, Deora, Chauhan and Molani,panwar,rao,kukda Each of these clans are of equal status, and intermarry. But the community has a marked preference for cross cousin and parallel cousin marriages.