This aala was built in a wall facing the entrance of a bedroom. Prints of gods and goddesses were placed inside and this aala was used as a shrine. The top of the projected frame around the aala was used to keep various household objects. The family alternately called this wall niche a taakh.


  • Title: Aala (Wall niche)
  • Location: Sotai, Faridabad, 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
  • Region: Mewat
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick Masonry, Painting

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