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She is one of the many women tea pickers I met, a brief encounter in the early morning during my photo assignment here. I just love the great concentration in her face and the deligence. A fabulous depiction of rural life in Java, but she simply is not bothered by my presence. I guess she is only concerned to get the job done quickly to meet her daily target, and indeed it is a hard work, six days a week, eight hours a day. Like many others she wares the big straw hat for protection against the rain and intense sun, but she is used to this conditions all day. Heat alone can make us very tired and even lethargic. I would also imagine that doing something so repetitive all day long can become boring, just as assembly line work is in factories.

But interestingly in this silent environment the plucking of leaves in clicks and clacks can be heard and the smell of sweet aroma of the leaves lingers. As you can see, the life of a tea picker is certainly not easy but then that's her life and routine, i guess this has not changed very much due to circumstances probably, since her forefarthers.

If only tea drinkers miles away can imagine a day in her lives, every leaf then becomes so precious, and no one will ever again waste a steeping. Hopefully, the next time you begin to prepare a nice cup of tea you might appreciate the labor that has gone into.

Hard to imagine a world without tea and
Life without tea would be almost unthinkable....

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Wonosari tea plantation is located in Lawang about 30km north east of Malang City covering an area of about 600 hectares on a gentle cool slopes of Mt Arjuna at an altitude of 1300m above sea level. This picturesque plantation offers a stunning panoramic and unforgettable view of its lush unending green carpet, a real feast for ones eyes with its natural charm and serenity. It was established in 1910 by the Dutch colonial N.V. Cultuur Matschapy Lawang and now run and maintained by the local provincial government.

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