When an aala is being constructed, a stone slab is placed at the base of the niche, which forms the sill. This surface is often covered with a paper, fabric, or plastic sheet to prevent dirt and dust from settling on it. The objects that are stored in the aala are placed over this.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Bhankhri, Mahendragarh, 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: Ahirwal
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry, Painting

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