Alley With Laundry

Alley with laundry
Shot in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

In the alleyway in the residential area were a number of laundry hanging out to dry

Washing clothes look good in the alleys of residential areas. It was the same here in Jakarta's alleys. In the alley I passed, I saw laundry hanging here and there, and the smell of local people's life was everywhere.

Ever since humans began to wear clothes and even began to carry multiple pieces of clothing, the tedious chore of washing has been added to the human TODO list. And it seems like in most areas, laundry has become a woman's job. Whether it is in a Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim country, it seems to be a woman's job to do the laundry. In a place where washing machines are not widely used, they have to scrub the clothes with a washboard or hit them against a stone to wash. In Laos, I saw a woman standing in the river washing clothes, and in India, I saw women standing by the riverside, hitting stones with their laundry. But I've rarely seen men doing the laundry, which is strange. It seems that only women are washing clothes in the river, while the men are in the mountains harvesting bushes.

To be honest, I didn't know what is going on here in Jakarta. Washing machines seem to be common in every household, and not a single person was washing clothes in the river that runs through the city. I didn't see anyone, male or female, doing their laundry in the river in this city. However, it is probably the job of women to do laundry in Jakarta as well, since there are often women near the laundry in the alleys. In an alley I was passing by, women were also babysitting near the laundry. All I knew for sure was that there was a blue sky at the end of the alley.


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Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

December 11, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


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