A Mien woman in her everyday dress scores mature seed pods to extract opium from poppies. She cuts the bulbs with a curved, three-bladed knife. The milky sap will congeal in the sun into sticky brown raw opium. Mien are one of the poppy-growing hilltribes in the Golden Triangle region. Mien women are renown for their cross-stitch embroidery. This farmer’s baby is snuggled in an elaborately embroidered baby-carrier.This woman lives in Chiang Rai Province in Thailand.
Taken in the early 1980s with a Nikon FM2, nikkor 135 mm lense and kodachrome 64 asa slide film.