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Ladies of Quick Lime Kilns

Jane Schreibman

Ladies of Quick Lime Kilns Photography project about women who work at lime kilns and quarries deep in the Rajasthani desert


JANE SCHREIBMAN/Ladies of Quick Lime Kilns

Deep in the Rajasthani desert, more or less hidden from public view are the lime kilns. Those working the  kilns, mostly women and teen age girls, are subject to a variety of health risks. They are inhaling the lime dust and sulphur gas emitted from the burning lime, They also suffer structural damage from the heavy weights of lime stone  that is balanced on their head. Sometimes families live in rooms surrounding the  kiln, where children happily play in the toxic lime powder.