Aliya | Wall niche


Category: Manjush
Location: Malpura, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Cultural region: Mewar
Materials: Earth (Mud)
Earth craft technique: Painting, Plastering
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

A simple wall niche used to place a water pot, at the entrance of an Adivasi house which was near the top of a hill in the village. One would drink water as soon as returning home, tired from the walk up. Plastered with mud, the aliya was framed with patterns painted using a thick and deeper tone of mud plaster.

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