info

Matteo Cardin | Hazaribagh – Dhaka’s tannery

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. A worker collects liquid waste from a ditch contaminated with chromium and other chemicals. This water is used to process low quality products in the smallest factories.

In Bangladesh, the leather industry is one of the most important economy. Most of the tanneries are based in the Hazaribag area, a densily populated neighborhood of Dhaka.
This industry employs thousand of workers supporting one of the poorest society of Asia. Big and small companies are located side by side making uncertain the distinction of them. Walking into the buildings you can end up in a store house, a production area or a small night shelter. Most of the time tanneries are family firm, handed down from one genertaion to the other, otherwise they are big corporations where you need permission to get in. Most of the leather is exported all over the world to produce handbags, shoes and other garments for fashion houses. But, this profitable industry hurts the environment strongly.

A huge amount of solid and liquid waste is dumped in the Buriganga river, which water is used to irrigate fields. Scraps of leather are left all around the area with other wastes causing a very unhealthy working and living environment. The laborers are equally harmed working in hazardous conditions. The lack of training on the use of chemicals and the inadequacy of safety equipments cause lots of injuries and deaths every year.
Nontheless, we can take for granted which will be the choice between having a job and not having it, in a poor country like Bangladesh.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. Raw leather is stored in warehouses before being processed.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. Workers in charge of the tanning process.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. A worker protects his skin from the contact with leather processed with chromium based chemicals.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. A young laborer employed in the leather industry collects wastes.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. A heap of leather scraps stand in front of a warehouse.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. Low light conditions and the lack of a proper ventilation system result in a very poisonus working environment combined with chemical vapors and hazardous machinery.

Dhaka, Banglades – December 2011. A worker stores processed leather between the operation schedules. Tannery workers suffer from severe diseases like skin cancer and allergies among others.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. Workers collect liquid waste from a ditch contaminated with chromium and other chemicals. This water is used to process low quality products in the smallest factories.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. A barefoot laborer collects leather before the retanning process.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. A worker carries on top of his head leather after the chrome tanning process.

Dhaka, Bangladesh – December 2011. Workers dry strips of leather laying them on top of the roof.

Photographer(s):

, , , , ,

You Might Also Like

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Powered by WordPress_ Designed by Studio Negativo