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 can be dried in sunlight and rolled by means of a channeled stone tablet with hollow sides for lifting.

Drying and Rolling Tablet

Tea leaves can be dried in sunlight and rolled by means of a channeled stone tablet with hollow sides…

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.

Tea leaves are placed in bamboo baskets that hang from thin twine.

Leaves in Basket

Tea leaves are placed in bamboo baskets that hang from thin twine.

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.

Unlike Chinese tea making methods (which involve plucking only three leaves), Indian methods are shown to pluck up to six leaves.

plucked leaves (six)

Unlike Chinese tea making methods (which involve plucking only three leaves), Indian methods are shown…

This caddy spoon has a handle that is designed in a sprig of weed that resemble a small water-lily. This spoon was used for measuring tea leaves.

Caddy Spoon

This caddy spoon has a handle that is designed in a sprig of weed that resemble a small water-lily.…

After tea leaves are removed from the furnace, a worker stirs them by hand.

Stirring Leaves

After tea leaves are removed from the furnace, a worker stirs them by hand.

The leaves of a shrub or small tree, a native of China and Japan; usually shipped in boxes.

Tea

The leaves of a shrub or small tree, a native of China and Japan; usually shipped in boxes.

Tea leaves are placed in tiered, horizontally arranged baskets.  The floor has a channel running its entire length burning with charcoal; the baskets are placed above said channel in order to dry the leaves within.

Tea Drying in Baskets

Tea leaves are placed in tiered, horizontally arranged baskets. The floor has a channel running its…

A machine with protruding handles used to roll tea leaves into balls.

Tea Leaf Roller

A machine with protruding handles used to roll tea leaves into balls.

Tea leaves taken from the steam bath and laid on a mat to cool.

Tea Leaves Cooling

Tea leaves taken from the steam bath and laid on a mat to cool.

Three Chinese tea leaves. In some Chinese tea making processes, only the first three leaves were picked.

Three tea leaves

Three Chinese tea leaves. In some Chinese tea making processes, only the first three leaves were picked.