Saffron Harvest 2013

Morning Buds
Morning Buds

 

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Saffron collection during the sunset. Saffron collection during the sunset.

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An Old Farmer Taking Stock his fields
An Old Farmer Taking Stock his fields
Fruit Vendor, people buy some fruits and biscuits  and in return give some saffron, in the fields at the time of harvest.
Fruit Vendor, people buy some fruits and biscuits and in return give some saffron, in the fields at the time of harvest.
Caretaker of the Saffron fields.
Caretaker of the Saffron fields.

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Plucking the Saffron Flowers
Plucking the Saffron Flowers

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People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep  on a large sheet of cloth.
People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep on a large sheet of cloth.

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Autumn and Saffron
Autumn and Saffron

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A typical Basket for collection of Saffron.
A typical Basket for collection of Saffron.
Collecting Saffron, People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep  on a large sheet of cloth.
Collecting Saffron, People collect the saffron flowers in small baskets and then keep on a large sheet of cloth.
Separation of Saffron stigma
Separation of Saffron stigma
Separation of Saffron stigma
Separation of Saffron stigma
Dried up Saffron.
Dried up Saffron.

When we talk of saffron, mentioning Kashmiri saffron can’t be skipped which in local language is known as Kong. Saffron in Kashmir is grown at Pampore which is approximately 13 km away from the Srinagar city and is known throughout the world for its finest quality. Saffron fields when in full bloom appear no less than a velvety carpet spread out in the fields and the nature keeps on adding to its aesthetic appeal. This blossom is the result of the patience and the mark of the autumnal end. While the rest of the trees, and flowers shed their leaves, dry off and mark the autumn as an end of the life, saffron flower is in its full bloom keeping the hope of the people alive. People of all age groups are seen by one or other way playing the role from the day of cultivation to the harvest. This keeps on interesting the eyes and adds a reason of maturity of the life.

Text : (Amreen Naqash)

Photographs : (Sajad Rafeeq)

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2 thoughts on “Saffron Harvest 2013

  1. Hi Mr Sajad , i was searching for something about saffron and here i am – a very nice blog by you and please to tell you, i had always loves your beautiful country Kashmir – very beautiful people ,culture and spirituality. Warm greetings from Malaysia.

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