The tea sieves are placed in a cylindrical basket that is slightly contracted in the middle.

Cylindrical basket

The tea sieves are placed in a cylindrical basket that is slightly contracted in the middle.

Tea leaves are placed in a thin iron vessel with no handles called a Kuo.

Kuo Basket

Tea leaves are placed in a thin iron vessel with no handles called a Kuo.

Five pounds of tea leaves are taken out of the steam bath and put in a stone furnace.

Leaves in Furnace

Five pounds of tea leaves are taken out of the steam bath and put in a stone furnace.

The tea leaves are taken to long, low tables where the stems and uncurled leaves are separated and discarded.

Sorting Leaves

The tea leaves are taken to long, low tables where the stems and uncurled leaves are separated and discarded.

The tea leaves are steamed until they reach a desirable fragrance.  They are then rolled or kneaded by hand into balls.

Tea balls

The tea leaves are steamed until they reach a desirable fragrance. They are then rolled or kneaded by…

A winnowing machine was traditionally used to separate yield from chaff. The pictured type of winnowing machine was likely used to separate chaff from tea leaves.

Winnowing Machine

A winnowing machine was traditionally used to separate yield from chaff. The pictured type of winnowing…