The charpoy is the staple piece of furniture in South Punjab.  It serves as table, desk, chair, bed, couch, cafe, bench, living room, dining room and the place of choice for birth and death.  The frame and legs are made from heavy wood connected to a taut webbing of jute and other materials.  The charpoy stays outside most of the day but is brought inside for sleeping except during hot summer nights.The charpoy I slept on in the village was made of plaited, dyed palm fronds.  If I could, I would bring a charpoy back to Mattituck.  It may be the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept on.

Living room
Living room

Shop display

Shop display

Close-up

Close-up

Hangout

Hangout

Parking lotParking lot

Being on a charpoy

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