“You cannot depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus” Mark Twain.

Dhobhi Ghat-The worlds largest open air Laundry

On 9th Jan 2011,me and one of my flickr friend went to capture the dhobi ghat, not only we got a glimpse of worlds largest open air laundry we were amazed with the facts that a friendly guy told us.

So here are some facts:

Mumbai’s dhobis (more than 600 dhobi families work together here) relentlessly pound the dirt from the city’s garments in a timeless tradition. Known as the world’s largest outdoor laundry, Dhobi Ghat is where Mumbai’s traditional washer folk — or dhobis — provide a wonderful service, collecting dirty laundry, washing it, and returning it neatly pressed, all for a very small fee. Stubborn stains are removed by soaking garments in a boiling vat of caustic soda; drying takes place on long, brightly colored lines; and heavy wood-burning irons are used for pressing.

Established by Britishers there are more than 10,000 people working in 700 washing platforms.

Those Dhobis work from 4 am till 7 pm in the evening 365 days a year without holiday.

They have an efficient marking/indexing system, they don’t mix one clients cloths with others.

They literally live in the constant caustic chemical which results in tearing of there hands and feet skin,every 6 months they need to get a antiseptic injection shot.

They pay goverment taxes.

Like many of us they worship there workplace in the morning.

It was a great photo opportunity,but i came home with so much knowledge about this place.


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P.S: Some text copied from Google.


One response

  1. Nice blog Tanny..keep it up..!

    January 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

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