[Digital South Asia Library]

Keagle Photo Archive

Title Dhobi wallah A larger version of this photograph is available by clicking on the small size photo below.

[Dhobi wallah]
Photographer Robert Keagle
Date 1945
Subject occupation
Notes ""Dhobi wallah"" in action. Here is a Calcutta shirt and clothes laundry in operation. The operator gathers the garment in his hands, dips it into the muddy ""tank"" water by his legs, then slams it repeatedly again the groove plank at his knees. Already ""washed"" clothes hang on lines up on the bank to dry in the sun. Surface of the wash water is covered with a green scum which must constantly be shoved aside by the washerman. Spring, 1945."
Location Calcutta
Original negative held