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With only one rice crop per year the #Hmong people of #Sapa #Vietnam have quite a lot of time on their hands. The men often work as general laborers doing construction where locals say they're much hardier and stronger than the #Vietnamese. The women usually stay around the home making crafts to sell to tourists or making their own clothing from scratch. I'm talking weaving hemp into fabric dying it in indigo and then embellishing using batik or embroidery. Here a Hmong woman is drying…

With only one rice crop per year the #Hmong people of #Sapa #Vietnam have quite a lot of time on their hands. The men often work as general laborers doing construction where locals say they're much hardier and stronger than the #Vietnamese. The women usually stay around the home making crafts to sell to tourists or making their own clothing from scratch. I'm talking weaving hemp into fabric dying it in indigo and then embellishing using batik or embroidery. Here a Hmong woman is drying…

Rice Paddy Art: Inakadate (Aomori prefecture) is the home of Japan's finest rice crop art, which is created naturally by planting different coloured #rice plants. Note the size of the three farmers. Source: http://pinktentacle.com/2010/07/photos-rice-paddy-art-2010/ #LivingArt

Rice Paddy Art: Inakadate (Aomori prefecture) is the home of Japan's finest rice crop art, which is created naturally by planting different coloured #rice plants. Note the size of the three farmers. Source: http://pinktentacle.com/2010/07/photos-rice-paddy-art-2010/ #LivingArt

$3.29 - Acrylic Fridge Magnet: Vietnam. Rice Crops. Sa Pa

$3.29 - Acrylic Fridge Magnet: Vietnam. Rice Crops. Sa Pa

The rains were kind to Cambodian farmer Tep Van last year, when the monsoon season doused his land with enough water to soak his fields and grow his precious rice crop.

The rains were kind to Cambodian farmer Tep Van last year, when the monsoon season doused his land with enough water to soak his fields and grow his precious rice crop.

See how farmers have traditionally constructed elegant and sturdy terraces for growing rice.

See how farmers have traditionally constructed elegant and sturdy terraces for growing rice.

Visit this site for 11 of the world's most amazing terraces : http://www.touropia.com/incredible-terrace-fields/    / For unique, hands-on activity ideas for THE BIG WAVE by Pearl S. Buck, visit  http://www.litwitsworkshops.com/free-resources/the-big-wave/  LitWits Kits make literature real, relevant and fun for kids – so they want to read more!

Visit this site for 11 of the world's most amazing terraces : http://www.touropia.com/incredible-terrace-fields/ / For unique, hands-on activity ideas for THE BIG WAVE by Pearl S. Buck, visit http://www.litwitsworkshops.com/free-resources/the-big-wave/ LitWits Kits make literature real, relevant and fun for kids – so they want to read more!

The mirrorlike pools of Yuanyang County's flooded rice terraces in China's Yunnan province allow for an array of intense visual effects. Ancestors of the Hani people crafted the terraces by hand more than 1,000 years ago to irrigate the red rice crop. The terraces change with the seasons; in the winter and spring, flooded paddies create reflective pools, which give way to rippling ribbons of bold green in the summer growing season.

The mirrorlike pools of Yuanyang County's flooded rice terraces in China's Yunnan province allow for an array of intense visual effects. Ancestors of the Hani people crafted the terraces by hand more than 1,000 years ago to irrigate the red rice crop. The terraces change with the seasons; in the winter and spring, flooded paddies create reflective pools, which give way to rippling ribbons of bold green in the summer growing season.

Karapan Sapi (Bull Race) Madura-East Java, Indonesia Bull Race in addition to a tradition as well as the party of the people who carried out after a successful harvest rice crops or tobacco

Karapan Sapi (Bull Race) Madura-East Java, Indonesia Bull Race in addition to a tradition as well as the party of the people who carried out after a successful harvest rice crops or tobacco

Villagers in a remote subsistence farming village on an island in the Sunderbans, the Ganges Delta in Eastern India that is very vulnerable to sea level rise, gather in the rice crop after drying.

Villagers in a remote subsistence farming village on an island in the Sunderbans, the Ganges Delta in Eastern India that is very vulnerable to sea level rise, gather in the rice crop after drying.

Karapan Sapi  Madura-East Java, Indonesia Bull Race in addition to a tradition as well as the party of the people who carried out after a successful harvest rice crops or tobacco

Karapan Sapi Madura-East Java, Indonesia Bull Race in addition to a tradition as well as the party of the people who carried out after a successful harvest rice crops or tobacco

Woman sifts harvested rice crop in Nawad, Bihar, India | ©IFPRI/Vartika Singh

Woman sifts harvested rice crop in Nawad, Bihar, India | ©IFPRI/Vartika Singh