Dhobi are part of the Shudra. Within the caste of Shudra there are many different groups. Each one of these groups performs a service. Their specific service is a birthright and is somewhat similar to unions in the U.S. They wash the clothing for all the different caste levels. Without the Dhobi, everyone would walk around with dirty stinky cloths. The photo above shows the activity along the "Dhobi ghat," a place along a stream or river where the local Dhobis wash the clothes of their patrons, and then lay them out in the grass to dry.