Press-wala, Or SoulCurry's Missed Calling!

  • Posted Dec. 28, 2009 by Soulcurry Viewed 8400 times
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This is a creature probably not found outside the Subcontinent: a press-wala. You wash your own clothes, dry them, wrap them up in an old table-cloth or bedsheet and send it off to this guy. For two rupees per item, he irons your clothes to a nicety. Ten, if it's a saree :)

The iron, or a ‘'press’' as we call it here. This contraption is found only with the press-wala. Made of iron, with a wooden handle that lifts off so that the iron can be filled with coal.

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      2010.02.02 Edited

      there are a lot of these irons about in NZ as well - but most of them are used as trendy door stops these days... lovely photos as usual.

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      2010.01.09 Edited

      oh we have one like that back home..my mama keeps it in case there's no electricity. I actually got to try using it a couple of times..
      Lovely pictures!

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      2010.01.06 Edited

      Yes, my grandma had such iron too. Your shots are very interesting as always:)

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      2010.01.05 Edited

      I love your blog and I'm glad I've found it.
      Everything is so interesting, looks exactly how I imagined. But I didn't imagine that I'd see here an iron looking exactly like the one my grand-grandma had! Thanks for sharing your observations and photos!

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      2010.01.05 Edited

      We used to do it at home before the advent of the electric iron. We have one that has a smoke chimney.... I think I have to take that out from the junk room and show it here.

      Good shots/

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      2010.01.02 Edited

      My parent's have an old iron like that (not used of course).
      Thank goodness for the press-wala at the dry cleaners!

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      Dkd
      2010.01.02 Edited

      Excellent photos! You have your subtle senses on. A view of an excellent photo journalist. I am lucky to locate this photoblog! Take this opportunity to wish every one "Happy New Year 2010"

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      2009.12.31 Edited

      God, I haven't seen one of those irons in years; some very old people still had them when I was a kid, along with smoothing irons, which went in the fire to heat up. Over and over again.

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      2009.12.30 Edited

      I'm with lizzie on this one - although he would definitely come in handy if traveling through.

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      2009.12.30 Edited

      I actually don't need my own press-wala - I find ironing very therapeutic, an almost Zen-like activity

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      2009.12.30 Edited

      I love seeing the bits and pieces you post- it's inspiring me to get there sooner than later!

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      2009.12.30 Edited

      Ohh, I wish I had a press-wala in my neighborhood! As always, thanks for sharing bits of daily life from your corner of the world.