Oral narratives indicate that a khaat is always placed on its longitudinal side when not in use. It is believed that placing it in an upright position on its shorter side symbolises death in the family and is considered inauspicious. This khaat was placed on its shorter side for a few minutes to demonstrate while documenting it.


  • Title: Khaat (Charpoy)
  • Location: Bayal, Mahendragarh, Haryana
  • Type: Manch (Sleeping)
  • 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: Cotton (Rope), Grass (Bamboo), Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Joinery, Turning
  • Region: Ahirwal
  • Grass Craft Technique: Joinery
  • Cotton Rope Technique: Weaving

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