The monsoon water lily trade

  • Large swaths of Sirajdikhan are inundated by the overflowing Ichhamati River in the monsoon. The swamps are replete with water lilies during this time. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Large swaths of Sirajdikhan are inundated by the overflowing Ichhamati River in the monsoon. The swamps are replete with water lilies during this time. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Farmers return with heaps of water lilies collected from the swamps in Sirajdikhan throughout the day. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Farmers return with heaps of water lilies collected from the swamps in Sirajdikhan throughout the day. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The pandemic and lockdown meant that water lilies were in low demand in Dhaka, but the lifting of the lockdown has prompted a spike in demand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The pandemic and lockdown meant that water lilies were in low demand in Dhaka, but the lifting of the lockdown has prompted a spike in demand. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The stems of water lilies are well-liked by Dhaka residents as vegetables for cooking. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The stems of water lilies are well-liked by Dhaka residents as vegetables for cooking. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The farmers of Sirajdikhan Upazila collect and sell water lilies in the monsoon as large swaths of the area remain inundated during this time. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The farmers of Sirajdikhan Upazila collect and sell water lilies in the monsoon as large swaths of the area remain inundated during this time. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • Water lilies collected from Sirajdikhan are sold at wholesale markets in Dhaka. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    Water lilies collected from Sirajdikhan are sold at wholesale markets in Dhaka. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The wholesalers buy a bundle of 30 to 35 water lilies from farmers for Tk 10 to Tk 15. The traders then sell them at a higher price. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The wholesalers buy a bundle of 30 to 35 water lilies from farmers for Tk 10 to Tk 15. The traders then sell them at a higher price. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

  • The wholesalers buy a bundle of 30 to 35 water lilies from farmers for Tk 10 to Tk 15. The traders then sell them at a higher price. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi

    The wholesalers buy a bundle of 30 to 35 water lilies from farmers for Tk 10 to Tk 15. The traders then sell them at a higher price. Photo: Mahmud Zaman Ovi