Meet The Woman Who Painstakingly Makes Your False Eyelashes

 

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It’s late in the night, but Suwini remains hunched over her work table, as she has been after preparing dinner.

This housewife and mother of three makes false eyelashes for a living. And tonight, she is far behind schedule to meet her daily quota.

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Purbalingga in Central Java, Indonesia, is the unexpected hub of the world’s best false eyelashes. In this rural village, huge factories and independent home-based workers like Suwini, work around the clock to meet the beauty demand.

The business of beauty is tedious back-breaking work for little reward. Suwini suffers long hours, poor working conditions and low pay.

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But she does it to support her husband, Suwitno, who works as a sugar tapper.

Despite all her efforts, they still find it impossible to make ends meet.

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Here’s a look at the gritty lives behind the glamourous lashes.

Watch ‘Sugar And Eyelashes’ (Penderes dan Pengidep) by Achmad Ulfi (Indonesia) on Viddsee:

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