Very hard work
Hundreds of people, called "dohbi", who belong to one of the lowest Indian castes, are involved with this work. The craft is passed down from generation to generation, creating a cycle that is difficult to break out of. Clothes are washed in large water buckets, hit with a stone until spotless, then ironed, with heavy coal irons. These people usually work about 16 hours a day and live next to the water buckets.