Aala | Wall niche
Location: Bhikhi, Mansa, Punjab
Cultural region: Malwa
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
Wall niches are called aala or aliya in Punjab and are used to store different types of items and small objects. This aala was used as a shrine in the house where prints of deities were placed and worshipped.