Outdoor laundry in India

About half way through this interesting posting by Guy Kawasaki, I read about and watched photos of Dhobi Ghat, an outdoor laundry in Mumbai, India.

On Wikipedia, I read this about a dhobi:
“A dhobi is a washerman in Pakistan and India.”
“Dhobis usually operate from door to door collecting dirty linen from households. After a day or two, they return the linen washed, sometimes starched and ironed. Dhobis were the forerunners on the Indian subcontinent to modern professional dry cleaners. Since the dhobi charges are much lower than dry cleaners, they are popular with most households.”
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