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TRADITIONAL SALT MAKING

Salt ponds on the coast between Dili and Liquica

traditional_salt_making4.jpg (55583 bytes) After low tide this woman collects salt off the soil in the salt flats. traditional_salt_making6.jpg (48327 bytes) The salty soil is then mixed with water and poured into these filters.
traditional_salt_making3.jpg (49380 bytes) The water first goes through a sieve and then flows across Sago Palm leaves. traditional_salt_making5.jpg (58297 bytes) The remaining soil collects into the folds of the palm leaves and the concentrated salt water drips into a hollowed out log.
traditional_salt_making1.jpg (43994 bytes) The salty water is then cooked to evaporate the water from the solution. traditional_salt_making2.jpg (55383 bytes) Finally, the remaining salt paste is drained in handmade baskets, leaving salt crystals to be sold on the side of the road.