An aala is a wall niche used to store various items. It is one of the most common types of storage furniture built into the walls in a wide variety of spaces. These two aala were built within the adobe walls of the same house. Mud relief work was done to create designs and the wall surfaces were plastered with lime. They were being used to keep books and a few clothes.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Dhoj, Faridabad, 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 (Mud), Lime
  • Region: Mewat
  • Lime Craft Technique: Plastering
  • Earth Craft Technique: Mud relief work

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