In the process of husking the grains, they are first gently pounded in a mortar and pestle which helps in removing the chaff. This is then winnowed on a chhaaj to separate the chaff from the grain. This chhaaj, bought from a local craftsperson, was used once a month for this process. A thread was tied between the two ends to hold the curved position of the chhaaj intact.


  • Title: Chhaaj (Winnower)
  • Location: Bhalsi, Panipat, Haryana
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • 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: Grass (Sarkanda)
  • Region: Khadar
  • Grass Craft Technique: Joinery

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