People would sit on a macha and play traditional board games. This charpoy’s webbing is woven in a chequered pattern that resembles the traditional board of chaupat, thereby acting as the game board surface. The webbing design is called chaupati because of this reason.


  • Title: Macha (Charpoy)
  • Location: Dighda gadaan, Barmer, Rajasthan
  • Type: Manch (Sleeping)
  • 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: Cotton (Rope), Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Carving, Joinery, Turning
  • Region: Marwar
  • Cotton Rope Technique: Weaving

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