Chhaaj | Winnower
Location: Bhalsi, Panipat, Haryana
Cultural region: Khadar
Materials: Grass (Sarkanda)
Grass craft technique: Joinery
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK
In the process of husking the grains, they are first gently pounded in a mortar and pestle which helps in removing the chaff. This is then winnowed on a chhaaj to separate the chaff from the grain. This chhaaj, bought from a local craftsperson, was used once a month for this process. A thread was tied between the two ends to hold the curved position of the chhaaj intact.