Kaawad is a wooden portable shrine which has a series of shutters. Stories from epics and myths are painted on it. These are used by the Kavadia Bhatt, the priests who narrate the epics using the illustrations represented on them. Kaawad are made by artisans of Kumawat community in Bassi village in Chittorgarh.


  • Title: Kaawad (Shrine)
  • Location: Bassi, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • 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: Metal (Iron), Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Joinery, Painting
  • Region: Mewar
  • Metal Craft Technique: Fittings

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