"‘Needed to be sent to the Dhobi’"

Clothes washing at Dhobi Ghat
Creative Commons AttributionClothes washing at Dhobi Ghat - Credit: Lecercle
The Dhobi are a community of people who specialise in washing clothes. Each Dhobi marks a unique symbol or character on garments belonging to a particular household. This is marked in black indelible ink to prevent it from being washed off. In Mumbai, Dhobis are an integral feature of the city. All the Dhobis wash their linen in the Mahalaxmi area known as Dhobi Ghat.