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Rugmaking in Pakistan

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When the weaving is complete, the rugs are washed with a combination of regular bar soap and an acid compound to remove any extra 'stuff' and seal in the color. We saw welts and scars on the hands and legs of the workers who are exposed to these chemicals every day. The mixture is then literally scraped off the rugs with long-handled tools that looked very much like garden hoes.