A chulha is an inbuilt hearth used for cooking food, using dung cakes as fuel. The walls of this kitchen had a layer of soot coated on it due to the constant smoke released from the chulha. A patadi (low seat) was used to sit while cooking food.


  • Title: Chulha (Hearth)
  • Location: Balali, Charkhi Dadri, 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: Earth
  • Region: Ahirwal
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick masonry, Plastering

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