Kothlio is a larder specifically found in the rural desert parts of Barmer and Jaisalmer. It is made using mud and built as part of the vernacular architecture of the region. In the absence of refrigerators, such larders are used to store perishable items of food, particularly cooked food and dairy products.


  • Title: Kothlio (Larder)
  • Location: Konara, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Samrudha Dixit
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Earth (Mud), Glass (mirror), Metal, Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Carving, Joinery
  • Region: Marwar
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings
  • Earth Craft Technique: Slab building, Mud-relief work, Lipan kaam

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