Photos by Hamed Gholami, Islamic Republic News Agency
Traditional bread making is still practiced in many villages across Iran. These photos by Hamed Gholami show the bread making process by the women in Sistan and Baluchestan province, from grinding the wheat to preparing the dough and baking the bread in the mud ovens.
Sistan and Baluchestan Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the southeast of the country, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan and its capital is Zahedan. The province is the largest in Iran, with an area of 181,785 km-square and a population of 2.4 million. The province comprises two sections, Sistan in the north and Baluchestan in the south. The population comprises the Baluch who form a majority in the province, followed by the relatively large minority, the Sistani Persians.
The province today is the most underdeveloped, desolate, and poorest of Iran's provinces. The government of Iran has been trying to reverse this situation by implementing new plans such as creating the Chabahar Free Trade-Industrial Zone.
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