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Mumbai boasts the world's largest open air laundry

Dhobi Ghat laundry has about 700 washing platforms where about 200 washer-men families have been washing clothes for decades

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A dhobi (laundryman) is seen working at Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundry in Bombay. At any given time of the day, some 8,000 to 10,000 dhobis can be seen working from the original stalls that date back to British rule.

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Laundrymen work at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai November 8, 2010.

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A laundryman washes himself at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai, India. Known as the world's largest outdoor laundry, Dhobi Ghat is where Mumbai's traditional laundrymen work in the open to wash clothes from different parts of the city. The open air laundry has about 700 washing platforms made of stones where about 200 washer-men families have been washing clothes as their family business for decades.

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The Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai.

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Laundrymen work at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai.

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A laundryman hangs washed clothes to dry at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai.

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A laundryman hangs washed clothes out to dry at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai.

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An Indian traditional laundryman pours water on himself after washing clothes at Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai.

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As the largest open-air laundry in the world, the Dhobi Ghat won Guinness Book fame under the entry "most people hand-washing clothes simultaneously at a single location" in March 2011.

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A laundrywoman retrieves clothes hung out to dry at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai.

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Laundrymen work at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai.

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A worker carries recently washed clothes on his back at the Dhobi Ghat open air laundry in Mumbai November 8, 2010.

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