Manja | Charpoy

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Category: Manch
Location: Khurshedpur, Ludhiana, Punjab
Cultural region: Malwa
Materials: Cotton (Rope), Wood
Cotton craft technique: Weaving
Wood craft technique: Joinery, Lacquering, Turning
Source: DICRC, India and SADACC, UK

These identical manja were found in a bedroom of a house in Ludhiana. In houses with mud flooring, manja are raised above the ground on stone, brick or cement blocks to prevent moisture seeping in. This way, the charpoy need not be moved from their place when the floor needs to be plastered with mud.

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