Down by the river the ladies of the kampung bathe themselves and wash their clothes. They were very sweet-natured and kindly allowed me to take these photos. It was an intimate moment as the young woman with the towel around her had been stark-naked just moments before. I asked them how long it takes to do all the household washing. Between two and a half and three hours they cried in unison! There they stand under the boiling sun; knee deep in the murky water scrubbing away with soap, then rinsing, before draining out the excess water and leaving the larger items to dry out on the ground around them.
This ritual is carried out as many times a week as necessary and is mostly done as a group activity though I photographed a lady alone on the edge of a padi field doing her washing in one of the irrigation channels. We can only imagine how hard life must be for these women. There is no bathroom just a squat toilet and bucket filled with water to wash from which is why the ladies mostly chose to bathe and do their hair washing in the river despite it being so public. No automatic washing machines to make life easier, just a bar of soap and a lot of elbow grease.