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Tea time in Thailand: Workers harvest Oolong #17

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Workers sift Oolong tea leaves during a wrapping process at the Suwirun Tea factory and farm.

An Akha Hilltribe woman picks Oolong #17 tea leaves during a harvest at the Suwirun Tea farm in the hills outside of Chaing Rai, Thailand, Nov. 11. There are around 40 Akha hill tribe workers and 120 Burmese who make 300 Bhat a day working on the family-run Suwirun Organic tea farm, which has been in business nearly 38 years.

The Tea is harvested every 45 days and about 1.5 tons is collected per harvest. On special occasions the Akha wear their traditional dress while picking tea. These days it is most commonly worn for tour groups and ceremonies. 

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Workers spread out the freshly picked Oolong #17 tea leaves on a screen for drying.

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A Burmese worker sucks on an Oolong tea leaf while picking tea.