Myanmar – Chili Women

November 2014

Walking up the hills above the small city of Kalaw, we met women picking chili. A lot of them. Women and chilies.

Eager to know why only women were picking chilies, we stopped two middle-aged ladies. And asked. They laughed. So hard.

In Myanmar, there is a saying according to which women picking chilies are the most beautiful ones.

Over the next few days, we will meet a lot of women, all beautiful (of course), working in the fields, picking chilies and leaving them on the ground to dry.



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