A metal chain and padlock are used to lock the main door of traditional houses. This aali constructed on the external wall at the entrance of the house was intended to keep the chain and lock handy after opening the door. The aali was constructed at the same height as the door latch.


  • Title: Aali (Wall niche)
  • Location: Karar Ibrahimpur, Sonipat, 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
  • Region: Khadar
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry

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