KATE PIENTKA

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Dye Works

The tie and dye textile industry in Rajasthan, India is 5,000 years old. In the past, this industry was powered by slavery or bonded-servitude; today it still requires long hours of manual labor. Families begin work early in the morning each day in Jodhpur, and work full days year round; while younger generations are taught before and after school. On this visit to the ‘Blue City’ in late 2016 I ventured out early in the morning to a small neighborhood against the city walls. Here, I met families who had worked in this difficult industry for generations and was invited to witness centuries old traditions.

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