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Notes on the Geography of Sri Lanka: Minipe: Photo 1

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We've climbed east from Kandy to the summit overlooking the coastal plain to the east.  At the top is a cut-and-sew operation, one of hundreds scattered about the country.  This peppering of the countryside with clothing manufacturing may seem illogical, but actually it's smart.  The cost of trucking cloth and finished garments to Colombo is low, and out here there's plenty of labor, mostly young village women saving some cash before they get married.  They quit after a couple of years, but replacing them is easy--much easier than it would be in Colombo. 

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