IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(1): 68-73 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.321

Socio-Economic Conditions of Collectors of Post- Consumer Clothing Waste in Mumbai, India

Suman D. Mundkur and Ela M. Dedhia
Abstract—Discarded clothing from households are collected in exchange for utensils by men and women called bhandivale in Mumbai. This unique door-to-door recycling service earns them a livelihood. With the objective to understand the background of the bhandivale in Mumbai, the percentage of bhandivale in various age groups, the male to female ratio among the sample of respondents, caste-wise and sub-castes distribution, their migratory status, State of origin, original occupation, domicile, possession of ration card and income are studied. A field survey was undertaken; data was gathered through personal interviews. Literature reviewed showed the presence of Waghri tribes involved in the trade of used clothes. In this study the presence of two more tribal communities were found, namely Gondhali and Kunchikorve.A comparative study between the three sub-caste revealed that Gondhali and Kunchikorvehave better educational and socio-economic conditions than the Waghri.

Index Terms—Bhandivale, collection, clothing waste, redistribution.

S. D. Mundkur is with the Department of Textiles and Apparel Design, S.V.T College of Home Science, S.N.D.T Women’s University, Juhu Road,400049, Mumbai, India (e-mail: suman_mundkur@yahoo.com).
Ela Manoj Dedhia is with the Textiles & Fashion Technology, Nirmala Niketan, Affiliated to University of Mumbai, 49 New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400020, India (e-mail: elamanojdedhia@yahoo.com).

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Cite:Suman D. Mundkur and Ela Manoj Dedhia, "Socio-Economic Conditions of Collectors of Post- Consumer Clothing Waste in Mumbai, India," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 68-73, 2014.

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