Aala | Wall niche
Location: Panchnota, Mahendragarh, Haryana
Cultural region: Ahirwal
Materials: Earth, Stone
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry, Painting
Stone craft technique: Dressing
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
This aala, constructed in front of the entrance wall of a bedroom, had a unique pattern created by recessed offsets that framed it. Previously, a mirror was fixed on the wall surface of the aala, but this was broken a few years ago. It was now used to keep books and some papers belonging to the man of the family.