6 months ago
All the travel in the World can still not beat finding such pretty sights in your own city!
This grafitti was part of a heritage festival carried out at ‘Dhal ni Pol’ in the old city of Ahmedabad to bring light to the importance to restoring the pols in the city.
How lovely is this art by @house_of_berserk ❤️
‘Pols’ are residential structures that make up most part of the old city majorly in some parts of Gujarat. They are built and designed keeping in mind the homogenous social and structural needs of the community. They initially started getting built to avoid communal conflict after a riot broke out about 300 years ago. So they started building pols to avoid conflicts between different social communities. They also have just one point of entry and exit.
Another interesting thing about Pols is their self sustaining nature. All the requirements are mostly met by the inhabitants of a particular pol.
Apart from all the social and cultural characteristics, pols have a lot of other factors that were incorporated when built, like wooden carvings, coutryards in the middle, wooden carvings all over the house, rain water harvesting system, amongst others.
Alot of people still live in pols and its a wonderful cultural experience which is dying due to modernization of the cities. But a lot of efforts have already been started to bring them back to glory. .
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