Bundling Papyrus Stalks, Abbay Village, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 2009

Bundling Papyrus Stalks, Abbay Village, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, 2009

Papyrus is an ubiquitous commodity in the Lake Tana region, and sees a variety of uses. Stalks are cut from the plentiful stands on the shores and islands of Lake Tana, and brought to Abbay village, where they are made into local reed boats (called tanqwa) sold for a variety of other uses. Here, a man bundles some cut stalks for sale.



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