Nadezda Abzaeva

Nadezda Abzaeva

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Tea leaves undergoing charcoal drying in a tea-processing firm's premises.

Tea leaves undergoing charcoal drying in a tea-processing firm's premises.

A further stage in the sifting and sorting process.

A further stage in the sifting and sorting process.

Sifting out coarse leaf, stalks, etc., after the first firing.

Sifting out coarse leaf, stalks, etc., after the first firing.

The men who carries the staple diet of Tibet over the mountain rout as their caravan rests on its way into the interior, the Tibetans rest to leeward of their loads and refreshes them selves with butter tea made in the cylindrical wooden churn to the left.West of Chungking lies a wonderful country which Japan, in all her long struggles with China, was destined never to reach.

The men who carries the staple diet of Tibet over the mountain rout as their caravan rests on its way into the interior, the Tibetans rest to leeward of their loads and refreshes them selves with butter tea made in the cylindrical wooden churn to the left.West of Chungking lies a wonderful country which Japan, in all her long struggles with China, was destined never to reach.

A team of skilled workmen pan-firing teas in large woks, a refining process that halted the fermentation or oxidation of the leaf.

A team of skilled workmen pan-firing teas in large woks, a refining process that halted the fermentation or oxidation of the leaf.

Caravan tea. The road from Kyakhty to Moscow was in the middle of the XIX century. 5555 miles. Three months' journey tea baggage cost from 4 to 8 rubles. a peck.

The road from Kyakhty to Moscow was in the middle of the XIX century. Three months' journey tea baggage cost from 4 to 8 rubles. a peck.

На фото из ТОКМ: Чайный склад фирмы Кухтериных, в сером пальто в котелке — Иннокентий Евграфович Кухтерин.

Exhibit at Tomsk Regional Museum in Tomsk, Russia.

Tea being packed. The best teas are packed while still being warm from the third and last firing.

Tea being packed. The best teas are packed while still being warm from the third and last firing.

Tea being carried from the blending floor for packing.

Tea being carried from the blending floor for packing.