National Geographic : 1955 Mar
© National Geographic Society 413 Kodachrome by Jean and Franc Shor, National Geographic Staff Hindu Tea Pickers March into Sylhet Gardens Wearing Empty Baskets Like Hats Too strong and dark to please Western palates, the Sylhet leaf is blended with more delicate brews from Dar jeeling and Ceylon. Trees in this level garden protect bushes from sunburn. Hillside plantations have developed a new technique of contour pruning whereby each plant shades the roots of the bush above it from direct sunlight, which shortens productive life. These girls are paid by the basket. They pick only the tender young leaves.