Col­or­ful Truck Art

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

Your ar­ti­cle “A Riot of Col­ors” of­fered an in-depth look into the artis­tic de­tails of truck art in Pak­istan. Th­ese trucks, adorned with me­tal cowl­ings, carved wooden doors, chrome bumpers, and paint­ings on the ex­ter­nal body are a com­mon sight in the metropoli­tan cities of Pak­istan. We do gaze at th­ese truck arts ev­ery­day but over­look the painstak­ing process and the la­bor that goes into the ac­tual paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing of the truck’s body. Upon close in­spec­tion we find sym­bol­ism and sto­ry­telling in­cor­po­rated in the paint­ings which make this art so unique and Pak­istani cen­tric. Al­though such truck art is also, to an ex­tent, found in In­dia and Afghanistan, it is the Pak­istani truck art which has be­come fa­mous be­cause of its at­ten­tion to de­tail. The ar­ti­cle was an in­ter­est­ing read with the writer dis­cussing the var­i­ous forms of truck art found across the coun­try. The writer aptly men­tioned the mo­tive be­hind beau­ti­fy­ing the trucks with in­tri­cate paint­ings, which are a tra­di­tional prac­tice and an at­tempt by the driv­ers to stay awake as they pass col­or­ful ve­hi­cles late at night. In ad­di­tion, the truck art is a tes­ti­mony of the skills and tal­ents shown by the painters who dec­o­rate the oth­er­wise dull trucks and turn them into a vis­ual mas­ter­piece.

Farhan So­hail Karachi, Pak­istan

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