Photographer's Note

The Island of Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea with its famous Ceylon tea.

Driving through this area (Nuwara Eliya) is a guarantee for superb landscapes and interesting scenery of ladies harvesting tea leaves on the lush plantations that are scattered all around the hills.

The women work very hard on the tea plantations picking tea leaves from morning till evening. They pick leaf per leaf and then drop them in the baskets or bags that they carry on their back (and that they attach to the head to keep their arms free). Once they have a full basket, they walk to the small truck in front of the plantation to empty it; to start all over again of course afterwards.


The tea plantations are supervised by a (male)guardian who organizes the work and keeps the rhythm going.
I must say that I found it quit difficult to observe these guardians' attitude as they are not always very kind to the (female) workers.

This lady for instance was on her way to empty her tea bag. As I took this photograph she got sent back because her bag was not full enough yet. The attitude of the guardian was one of shouting anger.

The teabag gets a totally different meaning once you have been to Sri Lanka.

Paolo, Balthazar, skeelerik, don_narayan, svo555, pitai, Clairedelune oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne

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Additional Photos by Sabine Schoep (Bien) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 380 W: 47 N: 954] (4745)
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