A small Balinese truck loaded with fresh purple mangosteen stoping on the way to a fruit market.
I come to a conclusion that the most spectacular doors in my area ( South East Asia ) were made by Chinese and Javanese carpenters. The doors have a symbolic meaning in many cultural circles.
Probably you know or recall a large entrance doors at catholic churches where a brass handle was always installed very high. Opening such massive doors required strength. A man walking through that door must have felt as a miserable little man.
The old doors in merchants’ houses on the island of Penang have a different function. At a time when there were no limousines, rich decorated doors were a witness on wealth and prosperity.
I bought a very old charcoal iron in Hoi An and some 15th century ceramic coming from famous Hoi An wreck in Singapore. I remember shopping and town’s flavor. I can still memorize some local women. I’m just not sure if everybody wore a hat 😉
The beginnings tend to be difficult. You sell one fruit, then two fruits. One day you will get a capital for 10 fruits. So, maybe a bank loan ? A mission impossible ?
Greetings to Arundhati Roy 🙂
Malik Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata.
Khao San road in Bangkok attracts enterprising Thais from entire country. Smart Akha woman in her tribal outfit sells cheap jewelry produced by manufacturers located around Chiang Mai. Don’t be fooled. The knick knack is produced on an industrial scale in Thailand. Nothing comes straight from Akha villages.
Cotton stuff directly from the street in Assam’s capital city. The women selling cloths are persistent and indefatigable. They work from dawn till dusk, or longer.
The Yaos called Mien in China and Dzao in Vietnam belong to the best dressed tribes in Asia. The Red Yao women in Sapa area in North Vietnam have remained in contact with tourists for last 20 years. They developed good commercial skills.