Press-wala, Or SoulCurry's Missed Calling!

by Soulcurry December. 28, 2009 8765 views

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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Lisa 7 years, 3 months ago

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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Rezinka 7 years, 4 months ago

Cute shots.

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Myleen 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Pandka 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kit Penn 7 years, 4 months ago

Like both shots - but love the detail in the second

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kit Penn 7 years, 4 months ago

Like both shots - but love the detail in the second

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marzena Jozefczyk 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Dinu 7 years, 4 months ago

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/

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Ifpics 7 years, 4 months ago

That iron pic is fantastic!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
David 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Dkd 7 years, 4 months ago

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"

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Stav1 7 years, 4 months ago

That iron is amazing, it looks ancient!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Megaera 7 years, 4 months ago

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.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Eiram 7 years, 4 months ago

very interesting...and great shots!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Susan 7 years, 4 months ago

great set!

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Websterella 7 years, 4 months ago

My dry cleaner will do that for 50 cents a piece.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Melanie 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sydneylizzie 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Kater 7 years, 4 months ago

I want a press-wala.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Lolasf 7 years, 4 months ago

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

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Snkysally 7 years, 4 months ago

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.

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