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1. Chinese woman acrobat in Peking, China. A young woman juggler stretches her arms and legs in different directions, balancing a pot on one foot, her body supported by a rod in her mouth.
2. Chinese women jugglers and acrobats. A Chinese woman spins hoops on her arms and legs while balanced upside down, head to head, on another woman, also spinning rings on her arms. Acrobats have been the most popular entertainers in China for at least 22 centuries. They are depicted in tomb figures as early as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). In imperial times they performed in the vicinity of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
3. Performers at a pavilion at Folklorama, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world, runs for two weeks in August each year. 2010 is its 41st year. The festival is a feast for the senses, showcasing different nations, regions and peoples with cultural displays, traditional foods, exotic drinks, and captivating performances.
4. Female hairdresser in public park in Beijing, China. A woman barber in a white coat tends to a male client in an improvised hairdressing salon in a public park in Beijing. The barber travels around on a bicycle and sets up shop wherever there are likely customers.
5. Woman sorts chillies on street in Shanghai, China. A woman sorts her baskets of chili peppers on the sidewalk, prior to carrying them around for sale. Most Chinese cooking styles avoid too much spiciness, especially Southern Chinese (Cantonese) recipes. But in Central China (Sichuan and Hu-nan) chillies and garlic are used in large amounts. Dried red chillies are often fried in oil until dark brown, the oil then used to prepare stir-fries.
6. Cashew Seller, Sri Lanka . Bedecked in perhaps her best clothes this young lady sells cashews and other foods and drink. The cashew girls' stalls line the street in this particular area of Sri Lanka, and are a special attraction for both tourists and natives alike.
7. Tapping Rubber, Sri Lanka. Natural rubber exuded by the rubber tree. It is obtained by making a diagonal incision on the trunk along which the sap flows down to a container fixed at the lower end of the cut.
8. Flower Seller, Sri Lanka . A flower seller tends to her wares set up alongside the approach to the Kiri Vehera in Kataragama. The flowers are purchased by worshippers as an offering to the temple.
9. Woman Transplanting Paddy, Sri Lanka. It is the traditional task of the womenfolk to transplant the rice in the paddy fields. This is done when necessary, and hard on the back.
10. Hill Tribe Woman, Thailand. The members of the hill tribes in Thailand cater to the tourists by producing jewelry and textiles, all mostly hand-made. Opium is a more lucrative product in this area of the world.
11. Silk Manufacture, China . The cocoons of the silkworm are sorted and treated in this silk manufacturing factory in China. The sorting has to be done by hand, but most of the other steps in the process are now completed by machines.
12. Flower Seller's Stand, Bangkok, Thailand . A vendor in the flower market carefully arranges her stock for maximum visibility.
13. Fruit seller in the floating market on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand . With the encroachment of boutiques the famous floating market on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is no longer what it used to be. The Wat Sai Talat on Thonburi hardly floats at all. Still, women in blue smocks and straw hats sell fruits and flowers from boats, here durian (Durio zebethinus}. Cultivated only in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, it is considered an aphrodisiac in Southeast Asia.
14. Flower seller in the floating market on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand. A young woman attempts to sell her flowers to the tourists who visit this floating market outside Bangkok. Vendors here also sell vegetables, fruits, meats and other fare.
15. Salesgirl, Xian, China. In Chinese folk art the tradition is to use common inexpensive materials, such as dough, wood, clay and stones, to create, mostly by hand, in the slack season of their agricultural routines. Used at festivals and ceremonies, and by the artists themselves for their own purposes, these folkwares continue to be a source of vitality and imagination in the development of Chinese art.
16. Woman embroiderer, National Embroidery Institute, Suzhou, China. First made in China 4,200 years ago, embroidery has long been accepted as an art form. The four styles of Chinese embroidery are Chaozhou, Hunan, Sichuan and Suzhou. Traditionally most designs are by painters. Themes, patterns and colours are next chosen for the character of the piece. Skilled embroiderers then use various stitches and colour-blending techniques to faithfully copy the original.
17. Young woman paints cloisonne in Beijing, China. Cloisonné enamelware was introduced to China from the west during the Yuan Dynasty and developed during the Ming Dynasty. The process consists of soldering wire, usually of copper, to a metal base to create cells (cloisons) which are filled with coloured enamel pastes. After the pieces are fired they are polished to remove any roughness. The final process is to gild the exposed wires.
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