The Old Dhaka betel leaf market

  • Traders from different parts of Bangladesh bring betel leaves to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar by the Buriganga River. The market is busy every morning. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Traders from different parts of Bangladesh bring betel leaves to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar by the Buriganga River. The market is busy every morning. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The price for one large bunch of betel leaves ranges from Tk 7,000 to Tk 12,000 at the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The price for one large bunch of betel leaves ranges from Tk 7,000 to Tk 12,000 at the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel leaves are brought from Rajshahi, Kushtia, Jhenaidaha, Barishal to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. Most betel leaf farming is done in Khulna, followed by Chattogram, traders say. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel leaves are brought from Rajshahi, Kushtia, Jhenaidaha, Barishal to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. Most betel leaf farming is done in Khulna, followed by Chattogram, traders say. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel leaves are picked through and stacked. Some leaves from the wholesale market are exported abroad. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel leaves are picked through and stacked. Some leaves from the wholesale market are exported abroad. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel leaves are brought to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar from different parts of the country, but mostly from the southern districts of Khulna and Barishal. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel leaves are brought to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar from different parts of the country, but mostly from the southern districts of Khulna and Barishal. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A seller selects betel leaves at the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. The price of betel leaves has dropped this year, traders say. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A seller selects betel leaves at the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. The price of betel leaves has dropped this year, traders say. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • The Shyambazar market in Old Dhaka used to be an open market but has transformed over time into a wholesale market for betel leaves. It houses 70-80 wholesale shops for betel leaves. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    The Shyambazar market in Old Dhaka used to be an open market but has transformed over time into a wholesale market for betel leaves. It houses 70-80 wholesale shops for betel leaves. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel leaves are brought to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar from different parts of the country, but mostly from the southern districts of Khulna and Barishal. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel leaves are brought to the wholesale market in Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar from different parts of the country, but mostly from the southern districts of Khulna and Barishal. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel leaves bought from the wholesale market at Shyambazar in Old Dhaka are transported in a rickshaw. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel leaves bought from the wholesale market at Shyambazar in Old Dhaka are transported in a rickshaw. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • A wholesale market of betel nuts has developed around the wholesale market of betel leaves in Old Dhaka. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    A wholesale market of betel nuts has developed around the wholesale market of betel leaves in Old Dhaka. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel nuts are chosen for sale depending on size. Betel nuts are mostly supplied by the southern districts and parts of the Chattogram Division. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel nuts are chosen for sale depending on size. Betel nuts are mostly supplied by the southern districts and parts of the Chattogram Division. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel nuts are displayed for sale at Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. The price of betel nuts ranges from Tk 300 to Tk 500. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel nuts are displayed for sale at Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. The price of betel nuts ranges from Tk 300 to Tk 500. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

  • Betel nuts are displayed for sale at Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. The price of betel nuts ranges from Tk 300 to Tk 500. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

    Betel nuts are displayed for sale at Old Dhaka’s Shyambazar. The price of betel nuts ranges from Tk 300 to Tk 500. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove