Dhaliyu derives its name from the Gujarati term dhal (which means slope) owing to its sloping surface. Traditionally, it served as a surface for writing and was used by students, accountants, merchants, etc.


  • Title: Dhaliyu (Merchant’s desk)
  • Location: Ahmedabad, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Type: Sapaat (Surface)
  • Contributor: Mitraja Bais, Jay Thakkar, Samrudha Dixit, Ben Cartwright and Mansi S Rao
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Wood, Metal (Iron)
  • Wood Craft Technique: Turning, Joinery, Carving
  • Region: Central Gujarat
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings

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