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Incense Workers
Azim Khan Ronnie – BANGLADESH

Vietnamese women workers sit surrounded by thousands of incense sticks in Quang Phu Cau, a village in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the sticks have been traditionally made for hundreds of years. Incense plays an important role in the spiritual lives of Vietnamese people. People use incense in all worship activities. The bamboo bundles are arranged on the ground on sunny days so as to dry them. To make the incense sticks, the bamboo is first split in two, cleaned and dusted and then a third of the stick is colored red, purple or yellow. To dry them the sticks are laid out on the ground or roadside for about one day. After they have dried, the sticks are collected, bunched in tens, then fastened together. They are then sold around the provinces.

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