A bijna literally means a fan. A hand fan is a common vernacular object in the rural areas of Haryana, where the supply of electricity is not continuous. The surface of this bijna was made by weaving date leaves and a stick of a date tree was used as the handle. The surface was covered with a cloth to prevent the bijna from getting dirty or worn out.


  • Title: Bijna (Fan)
  • Location: Pahlwan, Jind, Haryana
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • 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: Grass, Textile, Wood
  • Region: Khadar
  • Grass Craft Technique: Weaving

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