Nostalgia: Indian iconography - Design Bureau

Nostalgia: Indian iconography

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Most collections start innocently enough. Artist and teacher Matt Lee can attest to that. During his travels around India, where he now lives, Lee discovered a strangely charming matchbox with an image of a killer whale and text that read “Dolphin.” The kitschy collectible turned out to be the seed which spawned a full-fledged hobby. Lee now owns more than 450 matchboxes, each one a reminder of where he’s been—and what a tiny, disposable artifact can tell us about the history of a nation.

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