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Friday, June 18, 2010

#3 The Dhobi Ghat

We live in an apartment building which overlooks this Dhobi Ghat. Dhobis are traditional washer men. Before the days of the washing machine, they would come to our homes and collect our laundry...bring it back a few days later, all washed and crisply ironed! In some cities this tradition has all but gone, but Kolkata being an old city, the tradition still remains!
It took a lot of time to get the folds in the hanging clothes, the wet grass, and the drama of the bamboo poles. I used a local handmade paper with a rough texture which was really difficult to paint on. Finally after soaking it a couple of times, it got a little easier. The painting took a lot of time, but it was worth the effort as the texture of the paper lends itself to the subject!

3 comments:

Teri C said...

WOW Brinda, this is just wonderful. The perspective and all the interest in those hanging clothes and the building makes a perfect backdrop to the white.

Elva Paulson said...

I agree with Teri. This is wonderful ... such a challenging subject. You've handled it very well.

Laure Ferlita said...

Beautiful depth and I love the brick work in the back.