Tea and spices drove the western age of discovery. Each dot on the map represents a city—a vortex of coming and going. The dots trigger a release of lines that create more dots. The lines wrap around the Earth, connecting every dot and every teacup.

The tea trade spurred urban growth in the city of Mumbai. The seven islands of the original city gradually merged as builders reclaimed land from the sea, creating a single connected metropolis.



The present-day mass migration of people is a new tea-culture in the making. It brings new life to tea culture around the world. The lines on the map represent the global flow of customs and flavors.

Graphic Design MFA Thesis by Hitesh Singhal. Serious tea fans can reach me at hsinghal@mica.edu