Collecting Palm Leaves — Sản, Red Dao Ethnic Group
Sản, 62, Dwarfed By Her Load Of Palm Fronds
“These leaves are for building a house (they are used as a roof). The name of this leaf? Hmm, I don’t know how to call it in Vietnamese (her native language is that of the Dao ethnic group). I collect them to build my storage building. Today I went to the forest twice. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon.”
Triệu Mui Sản, 62 years old
Red Dao ethnic group
Ha Giang, Vietnam
It was just after the sun went down with a little ambient light, descending into a small village when we met Sản, hauling a huge bushel of palm fronds. Just a quick interaction as she had to get home before dark. It so happened that we met her next to this pristine cascading waterfall! We couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop to photograph this beautiful and strong woman.
Sản is from the Red Dao Ethnic Group and wears her handmade clothes everyday as she works.