A pair of aala were recorded in a chaupal of Mandkola village. During power disruptions, these aala were still used to place earthen lamps at night when people would gather for meetings. A pair of khuti (wall peg) was fixed on the sides of the aala to hang bags or walking sticks carried by elderly people.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Mandkola, Palwal, Haryana
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • 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, Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Dressing
  • Region: Mewat
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry

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