SMALL TEAK DRAWER

This seems a very common drawer but in reality it has an interesting story revealing part of the history and culture of Myanmar: it was used in the old times by an Indian loanshark (poor farmers in need exchanged their jewelries for money and later they had the possibility to buy them back in extremely high interest rates). The Indian market figure was all dressed in white and used to lay on the earth putting his elbow on the top of the table waiting for his clients.

I’ve discovered this drawer within a mass of other furniture. The original handle was missing, only the copper base was still conserved, it’s a proof of an old technique, lost-wax casting, which isn’t practiced anymore. I searched a lot for a porcelain handle with flower designs on it to bring some light to the dark teak wood. I fixed it after cleaning the furniture and putting a natural protective layer on it. Inside the drawer, newspaper was glued and ink stains were everywhere, vivid witnesses of the past.

SMALL TEAK DRAWER

SMALL TEAK DRAWER

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SMALL TEAK DRAWER

SMALL TEAK DRAWER