Trading at Đồng Văn Market

Two women traders. Women at the market in Đồng Văn Like most of the markets in northern Vietnam, the Đồng Văn Market consists of a mixture of stalls, as seen on last week's page, and local people who come with their produce, and lay it out on the ground along the roads and around the squares of the market place. Women tend to be the sellers of produce and men of services, but it is far from a ridged division. The market square. The central square by the market hall where vendors come to trade Sellers laying-out their goods. Local people come and take up their positions on the ground between the buildings Baskets in which the goods are carried. Commonly the goods arrive on the sellers' backs in these woven baskets Motorbike by vendors. Some walk to market, some come by motorbike Markets are as important for the social exchanges as the financial ones. The chatter, gossip, banter, and some more open abuse, lead to the roars of laughter that often greet customers Spreying vegetables to keep them fresh. Keeping vegetables looking fresh is a well developed art, often a plastic bottle of water is used to spray the produce Two lines of vegetable sales. Vendors arrange themselves neatly opposite each other, leaving room for customers, although not to the extent of preventing banter across the aisle The left line of sellers. The left team... The right line of sellers. ...and the right team Woman laughing. Rocking with delight at the latest joke... Vegetables and meat account for most sales Man buying cabbages. ...which may well be at the expense of any men who come near Cobblers and their sewing machines. A row of cobblers have their place in the market Selling grain. Men and women selling rice Greens being sold. Stocks of greens being brought for sale by basket Four women standing. The Vietnamese eat great volumes of greens with their meals - the piles here will be sold within minutes of being displayed - if they are perceived as fresh Although meat and veg may dominate, all necessary items are available... Woman with hens. As red meat comes from large animals it is sold ready butchered, whereas chickens are killed in the house in which they are consumed Red peppers. Hot peppers, in northern Vietnam, are not that hot, and are used sparingly Brushes. Floors in this hot country are concrete or tiled - the necessary brushes are beautifully made from tree fronds line Next week's page takes a detour for a comparison with one of the biggest markets inVietnam - the Đồng Xuân market in Hà Nội. Dong Xuan market front line
Saturday 8th October 2016 Murphy on duty

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