Project Detail: Dhobi Gat, the laundry as wide as a neighborhood


LuganoPhotoDays 2017




Alexandre Jacquet Jacquet


Project Info

Dhobi Gat, the laundry as wide as a neighborhood

Dhobi Gat is the world's largest open-air laundry. It is located in the vast and sprawling Mumbai. Each day half a million pieces of clothing are sent there from hotels, hospitals, and homes. And this has been for 140-year-old.

At first, Dhobi Ghat feels like a huge chaos. It would be impossible for an unknown to locate himself between lines and lines of washed clothes and to understand something in this confusion. However the washer men, also called dhobis, have an ingenious system in place that takes care of washing, sorting and ironing. It explains the still ghat's popularity. Though we can see modern machinery, most of the washing are still done by hand.