Traditionally, aliya constructed on either side of doors were used to keep earthen lamps or lanterns to light up the space. Such aliya built into the walls of havelis or old houses in Punjab were elaborately decorated.


  • Title: Aliya (Wall niche)
  • Location: Sanipur, Fatehgarh Sahib, 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, Stone
  • Region: Malwa
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick masonry, Plastering

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