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.