Laundry Alley: The street in Kolkata where old jeans become new overnight

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

This street is filled with jeans hanging from ropes. Here, old jeans are made new, and they are then sold in malls.

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

When you Reach Nilmadhab Sen Lane, you spot jeans hanging from strings in almost every alley! 

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

Hundreds of families in Nilmadhab Sen Lane, opposite Mohammad Ali Park, run the business. They bargain for old jeans at Girish Park in the morning.

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

Old jeans find their way here from different parts of the state. They are then washed, coloured, dried and polished. 

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

Most of the employees here are from Bihar. Everyone faced problems during the lockdown.

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

Traders claim the cost per pair is Rs 50-60. It is sold in the state at double the price.

(Express Photo by Shashi Ghosh)

In all, the income from this business is estimated to be between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000.