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The Tea Workers

15 min. 2019

Darjeeling’s tea gardens have been a backdrop for political upheavals throughout their history. In the summer of 2017, a 104-day long city-wide shutdown prompted a closure of the gardens. The Tea Workers explores the ways in which labour and gender hierarchies affect women in the unstable, changing landscape of tea production.

Featuring a collection of personal reflections which speak to everyday life in Darjeeling one year after the strike, The Tea Workers holds space for the taken-for-granted backbone of the industry: its women.