Aala are made in various shapes and sizes. This triangular aala was made close to the ground in an open kitchen setup known as chulha chauntra. A patadi (low seat) was kept in this aala, after using it to sit while cooking food on chulha (hearth).


  • 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

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