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Namshan, Burma

PHOTOGRAPHED BY LUKE DUGGLEBY


One of our photographers traveled to the tea plantations of Burma to capture these shots.

Published on Jul 29, 2014

 

Handpicked in the hills

Tea pickers from the Palaung ethnic minority gather tea leaves on the steep hills surrounding the ridge-top town of Namshan, deep in Burma's remote Shan State.

Handpicked in the hills

Local leaves

Workers sort tea leaves by hand into different grades. Lower quality plants are dried, while the best are pickled for up to six months in large wooden boxes or even in a simple hole in the ground.

Tossing the tea

Tossing the tea

Almost everyone who lives in Namshan is involved in the tea business, an industry that produces thousands of tonnes of tea a year, mostly for domestic consumption.

Tossing the tea

A salad like no other

There's a catch with laphet: unlike most teas, this variety is meant to be eaten. The national delicacy mixed with onions, chilies or garlic is typically served at the end of a meal.

A salad like no other

 

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