Earthen lamps filled with cotton wicks are placed in aala at night to light up the space. This aala was made in the wall of the verandah and was used to place lamps during the frequent power failures or disruptions in the region.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Damdama, Gurugram, 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: Mewat
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry, Painting

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