Laundry Lives - Reasearch & Development Process

The Laundry Lives documentary was made between 2014 and 2015.

The filmmaking was informed by: an extensive research review undertaken by Sarah Pink, John Postill, Yolande Strengers and Anna Strempel at RMIT University, Australia; a video ethnography research project undertaken in Australia (by Sarah Pink and John Postill) and in Indonesia (by Nadia Astari and John Postill).

This team ethnography approach enabled us to draw on academic and country-based expertise at RMIT across anthropology, sociology, design, digital technologies, laundry, documentary making and south east asian studies, as well as the expertise of our research partners at Unilever in UK.

The film itself was directed and scripted by Nadia Astari and Sarah Pink.

Laundry Lives - Publications

Pink, S., K. Leder Mackley, N. Astari and J. Postill (2017)


We set the discussion in the context of the increasing calls for researchers to have impact in the world and the ways that digital technologies are increasingly implicated in this. Download PDF

SAGE Journals – Sociological Research Online

Pink, S. and J. Postill (2016)


Understanding transient migration through the experience of everyday laundry.


Laundry Lives - Indonesia

Having maintained political stability, Indonesia is one of Asia Pacific’s most vibrant democracies and is emerging as a confident middle-income country.

The largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia – a diverse archipelago nation of more than 300 ethnic groups – has charted impressive economic growth since overcoming the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.The country’s gross national income per capita has steadily risen, from $560 in the year 2000 to $3,630 in 2014.

Today, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous nation, the world’s 10th largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, and a member of the G-20.  It has made enormous gains in poverty reduction, cutting the poverty rate to more than half since 1999, to 11.2% in 2015.

Source: The World Bank


Capital: Jakarta
President: Joko Widodo
Population: 257.6 million (2015)
Official Language: Indonesian
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (Rp) (IDR)
GDP: $861.9 billion (2015)
GDP Growth: 4.8% (2015)
Inflation: 6.4% (2015)


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