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Khost laundry owners say their business dwindled

Khost laundry owners say their business dwindled

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Jun 05, 2019 - 11:52

 

KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Washermen or Dhobies in southeastern Khost province say their business was badly affected after people stopped wearing turbans.

They sat in the past most people would wear turbans which benefited their business because they would receive the turbans for washing.

The laundrymen also say in the past people had little financial ability to purchase new turban therefore they brought them to their shops for washing to look like new.

However, the trend of not wearing turbans has damaged their business as well.

Nadar Gul, 55, a resident of Ismaelkhelo Mandozio district, said he had been doing laundry business over the past 35 years and started this business in Pakistaninfo-icon during migrationinfo-icon.

He said although his business was not doing well compared to the past but he still received five to six turbans a day for washing and ironing.  He charged 300 rupees for washing and ironing of one turban.

He said during Hamid Karzai and before his tenure, their work was going well and daily he received scores of clothes and turbans for washing.

Mohammad Hassan, 59, who runs a laundry shop in Khost City, said in the past youth used to wear turbans besides elders but now the culture has weakened among people.

He said washing turbans was not a difficult task but they used other materials besides water to clean turbans.

“Initially we would wash turbans with soda or patrol in hot water and after this a special type of  glue from a specific stick was pasted on it and finally we iron them when the turban is still wet,” he said.

Information and Cultural Affairs Director Mohammad Anwar Zahid said: “The culture of wearing turban is still as much popular as it was in the past, but in my view people prefer buying new turban instead of using old as people are economically sound now compared to the past,” he said.

Turban is a symbol of a valuable Afghan culture specially of Pashuns. It is popularly worn on occasion of Eid and other festivals while elders wear it regularly.

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