This simple aliya was built into the walls of the bedroom in an old haveli, where it might have been used to store personal belongings. On either side of the aliya, a killi (wall peg) is fixed. These wall pegs are often used to hang a curtain to cover the aliya.


  • Title: Aliya (Wall niche)
  • Location: Sakrali, Patiala, 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, Plastering, Painting

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