21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Colourful Clothes to Dry

In many parts of India, particularly in more traditional settings, you can witness the timeless practice of washermen, often referred to as "dhobis," tending to their work. After washing clothes, including beautiful and colorful sarees, they spread them out to dry under the sun. This picturesque scene typically unfolds near a water source like a riverbank or a large communal water tank, where the dhobis carry out the washing process. After the clothes are washed, they are skillfully spread out on the ground or on designated drying areas, taking advantage of the sun's warmth and natural drying power. Sarees, with their intricate designs and vibrant colors, make for a striking sight as they billow in the breeze and bathe in the sunlight. This traditional method of drying clothes is not just practical but also a cultural and community practice that has been passed down through generations. The dhobis, with their experience and expertise, ensure that the sarees and other garments are laid out neatly and evenly, allowing them to dry thoroughly and maintain their pristine appearance. This practice is not only about laundry but also a cultural reflection of India's timeless traditions and the harmonious coexistence of modern life with age-old practices. It's a captivating sight that embodies the essence of everyday life in India.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Kolkata, India
Camera: NIKON D750
Copyright: © Debashis Mukherjee