Wall niches are called aala or aliya in Punjab and are used to store different types of items and small objects. This aala was used as a shrine in the house where prints of deities were placed and worshipped.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Bhikhi, Mansa, Punjab
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Rishav Jain, Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Abhishek Ruikar
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Earth
  • Region: Malwa
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick masonry

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