Khaat | Charpoy


Category: Manch
Location: Bayal, Mahendragarh, Haryana
Cultural region: Ahirwal
Materials: Cotton (Rope), Grass (Bamboo), Wood
Cotton craft technique: Weaving
Grass craft technique: Joinery
Wood craft technique: Joinery, Turning
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

Oral narratives indicate that a khaat is always placed on its longitudinal side when not in use. It is believed that placing it in an upright position on its shorter side symbolises death in the family and is considered inauspicious. This khaat was placed on its shorter side for a few minutes to demonstrate while documenting it.

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