Just when I was contemplating writing a post on one of my pet peeves - the unaesthetic way people hang their clothes in apartment balconies or windows to dry, I came across this lovely photograph by Sherry Ott on her blog. I started admiring how pretty the whites and the fabric with floral prints look against the green doors and foliage in the balcony of the old Italian house in the picture. The photograph made me rethink about the topic of my today's post. Is it all that bad to dry your laundry out in the open? But why does it disgust me so much when I see the same clothes hung in the balcony or window in Bombay apartments through out the year!
It is the unaesthetic and muddled way they are hung, you see!
By the way, I am not trying to promote the use of a dryer (I believe in going green!) Or saying that you get your clothes dry cleaned all the time. All I am saying is the sight of chaddis and baniyans hung in your window for the world to see, is not very appealing but rather quite appalling, to me at least. Don't we have foldable drying racks available in every supermarket?
I still love the smell of clothes freshly dried out in the strong sun as I did as a child but over the years I also have learned that clothes are better dried in the shade if you don't want the colors to fade away too soon.
Almost in every part of the world (except may be, America), people wash their dirty laundry in private but dry them out in the open, in the backyard or even outside their balcony and window. And capturing the image of colorful clothes drying on the clothesline flapping in breeze must be one of the favorite themes of photographers across the world. Let me share some I stumbled upon today.
Well, I don't mean or intend to offend anyone who dries clothes in the window or balcony of his/her apartment. It is your laundry after all. But at least hang them neatly and lovingly so that it doesn't become an eyesore for somebody.