Aala | Wall niche
Location: Bhankhri, Mahendragarh, Haryana
Cultural region: Ahirwal
Materials: Earth, Stone
Earth craft technique: Brick masonry, Painting
Stone craft technique: Dressing
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
When an aala is being constructed, a stone slab is placed at the base of the niche, which forms the sill. This surface is often covered with a paper, fabric, or plastic sheet to prevent dirt and dust from settling on it. The objects that are stored in the aala are placed over this.