Still commonly used throughout Myanmar, coal-heated irons are far from
obsolete here. On offer at a metalworker's shop, their independence
from electricity makes them ideal for contexts with unstable
electrical grids. They require a good deal of skill to use properly,
and at my preferred tailor there is one person whose sole
responsibility is Annihilator of Wrinkles and is quite adept at
"sensing" the optimal ironing temperature.