One Roof Tea is a chain of tea production spaces on both sides of a low-lying roof. The sequence begins on the roof and progresses underground through the drying space, heating space, kneading space, fermentation rooms, and a water filtration space. Different lighting conditions, humidity, sound level, and smell separate each station, but do not form a solid barrier on the edges, allowing women to move freely between spaces and join conversations without following the order of tea production.
Tea making is a light physical labor activity that involves aroma, touching, sound, and flavor. This allows audiences to move away from being the invisible women laborers in traditional tea ceremonies and instead enjoy the conversation and interaction among themselves.
Sabrina Qingyuan Niu