I spent eight months in Borås from June 2015 to January 2016. This picture is from the street leading to Södra Torget or the Southern square by the river Viskan. This is part of the original town of Borås “inside the fences” that was founded as a marketplace. Borås was a textile mill center and many travelling salesmen came from Borås. They were called “knallar” and sold fabric, prints, haberdashery and many other things. They had a “knallepass”, a passport allowing them to act as businessmen. The most common conception is of a barefoot man with a bundle on a stick but some of them transported quantities of wares by wagon and were not poor though the district were counted as poor.
The picture is taken in the autumn of 2015.