The largest unmechanized laundry facility in the world is in Mumbai
Tucked away in Mumbai is Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, the largest unmechanized laundry facility in the world. Today the site is not only a place for washing clothes, but a huge tourist destination, drawing ‘thousands every year who come to witness the relentless productivity and cramped living conditions of Mumbai’s human washing machines’.
This place was founded in 1890 and today more than 730 dhobis (laundrymen) and their families live and work in the ‘laundry colony’. Children as young as ten years old can be seen folding clothes and learning this labor-intensive trade of their families.