France | Brittany

The laundress

Laundresses were women were washed clothes by hand, either in natural waterways or in public laundry rooms. Generally, the laundress would kneel on a flat surface to launder the clothes after they had soaked in water. Garments were rubbed with ashes before being rinsed and wrung out (either by hand or with a wooden beater), then brought to the dryer or spread out to dry in the meadow.

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France, Brittany, Finistère, Tudy Island
Study, gouache, on Ingres paper
Credit: Frédéric Back
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