Himalayan Villager

Fields in this Himalayan village, as in most parts of India, are primarily still worked by hand, without the help of heavy machinery. This villager has spent the day cutting branches and leaves with a small scythe. She carries a kiltaa, full of greenery, home to feed her cows. Kiltaas are large, locally woven baskets, tied onto the back with pieces of rope; they are used everywhere for carrying crops, produce, bundles of wood, hay, etc.