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Jorhat, India - August 30, 2011: Women picking the second flush of tea leaves. A tea plantation in Jorhat, Assam, India towards the end of the monsoon rains.
Tea (Assam): Assam is the largest tea producing region in the world. The British in the 1900's really began to exploit tea as a commercial product. Unlike its highland counterparts in Darjeeling and Nilgiris, Assam tea is cultivated at sea level. Today tea production is managed to such a degree that the labour force traditionally for other parts of India, Tamil Nadu, for example is provided with schools, hospitals, housing, and so forth. Women predominantly pick the tea leaves. It is a skilled job and physically demanding. Men seem to work in the tea factories, as drivers, etc. This photograph was taken on a visit to one of the tea plantations in Jorhat, Assam. Jorhat is perhaps the second largest town/city after Guwahati (the capital of Assam).