explosion of color at dhobi ghat Mumbai
explosion of color at dhobi ghat Mumbai

Have you ever wondered where most of hotels and hospitals of Mumbai get their clothes laundered ?

It’s mainly in Mahalaxmi’s open air Laundromat known as Dhobi Ghat Mumbai . It was formed in 1890 to service city’s English and Parsi population. It is owned by Brihan Municipal Corporation (BMC) which charges the washer men known as “Dhobis” Rs. 300 per month for the rent and maintenance of the trough (wash pens).

Dhobi Ghat of Mumbai is actually a registered organisation called Dhobi Kalyan & Audyogik Vikas Co-operative society. It holds an entry in Guinness Book of Records for achieving world’s largest number of people (496) simultaneous hand washing at a single location in March 2011.

What’s so special about this place?

In this open air washing pens spread across 10 acres of land, having more than 700 washing pens, more than 1000 of men toiling

Man holding jeans after wash
Man holding jeans after wash

in this profession, where in dirty linen across Mumbai is collected, marked and then brought here  , where they are soaked, scrubbed, flogged, cleaned, dried and pressed and then neatly folded and delivered back to their owners.The dhobi have to pay a monthly rent of Rs. 300 to the BMC for using of the washing pen. Most of them are migrants from neighbouring states like Andhra, Gujarat but there was a time when majority of them were migrants from Uttar Pradesh. Most of them live at Dhobi ghat itself and for majority of them; this art of washing clothes has been passed on from generation to generation.What’s unique about their working system is, the clothes that are collected by local hubs, are marked by indelible ink on small scraps of cotton and tied to the clothes. This coded marking system includes short name of the local hub and total number of articles over recorded individual item number. This ensures that none of the clothes are misplaced and it is returned to the original local hub from where it came. Even though automatic laundry machines are fitted, watching these men washing clothes and going about their chores daily like a well oiled machine is the main attraction of this place. Some of the old saris, collected by the city’s recyclers, are brought to life here. These old saris are given special treatment to revive their fabric and ironed and folded and then sold at market for a special discounted price.

Film Start Amir Khan @ Dhobi Ghat for a shoot
Film Start Amir Khan @ Dhobi Ghat for a shoot

How to get there ?

After you get down at Mahalaxmi Station (6th station on western line from Churchgate), walk out of station and take left on bridge, take the flyover that heads towards 7 rastha, you can see endless rows of concrete wash pens fitted with flogging stones.

Best time to Visit

You can visit Dhobi Ghat at any time during the day to see men at work. The washer men are not camera shy and feel free to mingle and divulge details.

Entry fee

With an entry charge of Rs 100-200, Guides who are always available at the gates of the ghat gives you a detailed tour and info about the working of the ghats, their daily schedule, which all shoots have been held, which celebrities have visited here, etc. Inspite of vast network and huge workforce, not a single piece of laundry is ever misplaced due to their unique code marking system, which makes the working of these washer-men unique and appreciable.

 

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