Tag: tea estate

A woman flashes a smile as she prepares to lift a full load of freshly harvested tea. A full sack typically weighs up to 20 kilos—44 pounds.

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The brightly-colored blouse and skirt of a tea picker stand out against the deep green color of the tea she is harvesting.

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Generations of women are represented in the tea gardens of eastern Bangladesh. Some teenagers begin picking tea at age 14, working alongside their older friends and relatives who often continue working into their 60’s.

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With their quota of tea leaves bundled tightly and carried on their heads, women walk out of the tea gardens of eastern Bangladesh. The tea gardens and factories are often separated by miles, and the women must walk every evening to weigh the loads.

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A mud home with a curtain for a doorway houses laborers in tea plantations in eastern Bangladesh. The tea garden workers live on estate-owned housing, which are mud homes with no electricity or running water.

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Collection: South Asia
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