This aala, constructed in front of the entrance wall of a bedroom, had a unique pattern created by recessed offsets that framed it. Previously, a mirror was fixed on the wall surface of the aala, but this was broken a few years ago. It was now used to keep books and some papers belonging to the man of the family.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Panchnota, Mahendragarh, Haryana
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Rishav Jain, Ben Cartwright and Radha Devpura
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Earth, Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Dressing
  • Region: Ahirwal
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry, Painting

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