Indian-administered Kashmir

A Laundryman Washes Shawls in Kashmir


Indian-administered Kashmir, Asia

Mohammad Rafiq Dhobi, 42, washes shawls on the banks of the Jhelum River in Aali Kadal, in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir. People who are a part of the Dhobi caste, many of whom use Dhobi as their last name, have traditionally been laundry workers who wash shawls by hand and dry them in the sun, earning about 500 to 1,000 rupees ($7.68 to $15.37) per day. Dhobi says he has been washing shawls since his childhood, but the younger generation in his family are shifting to other jobs.

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A Laundryman Washes Shawls in Kashmir