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…

A wooden tray designed to encase a gridiron support, which in turn holds tea leaves heated in the furnace.

Gridiron support (Tea Making)

A wooden tray designed to encase a gridiron support, which in turn holds tea leaves heated in the furnace.

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.

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 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…

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…