The extraordinary women of Asia are the backbone of society – rearing children, maintaining the household, and often working long hours outside of the home, even engaged in back-breaking manual labour. Despite life's burdens, we find they are always gracious with a smile and hospitable hosts.

As food and festivals are two areas of great interest to us, we naturally find women to be part of, if not the, subject of our photography. They are typically involved in food preparation and are usually the most colourfully dressed at various celebrations. Here is a small selection of the Asian women we have met on our travels.

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