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Why Pakistan’s Truck Art is gaining attention worldwide?

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The artistic creation of Pakistan Truck Art captivates the world’s attention for its unique genre. The floral patterns, poetic verses, and calligraphy on trucks and other vehicles show the cultural identity of Pakistan. Even a book named ‘On Wings of Diesel’ written by ‘Jamal J Elias’ has also been published on Pakistan Truck Art. This book depicts in detail the traditional truck art with pictures. Although, the truck art history is not widely known. The spectators struggled hard for years to retrieve the pure knowledge regarding the originality of this innovative art-form. The experts say that traces have been found of this art-form in the 1940s. Initially, the Sikh spiritual Guru portraits were painted by Sikhs on their transports. Later on, the Muslim drivers showed their traditional aesthetics by painting Sufi saints of their tribes. This process continues even after partition in 1947 with the versatile artistic composition of stylish portraits as peacocks, wild animals, political leaders, cricketers, and landscapes. The use of rainbow colors and small mirrors delights the artistic sense of painters. The colorful lights, portraits, crafted woodwork, and tassels enhance the beauty of the trucks. When trucks are on their way tassels jingle produce a uniquely loud sound, often termed as Jingle Trucks.

Wheel of the truck depicts vibrant colors

Wheel of the truck depicts vibrant colors

Every part of the trucks is highly embellished. The vibrant smashing colors attract to the eyes of onlookers and clients and make the trade more profitable

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There are many countries like London, Australia, Paris, Denmark, New Zealand, Middle East, and much more where there are admirers of this radiant decorative art and this masterpiece has been imported to these countries.

The Karachi to Melbourne Tram, decorated by Pakistani truck artists, during the 2006 Commonwealth Games (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truck art in South Asia)

The Karachi to Melbourne Tram, decorated by Pakistani truck artists, during the 2006 Commonwealth Games (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truck art in South Asia)

Toyota FJ Cruiser painted by artist Haider Ali in Washington, DC.( http://www.brandsynario.com/9-times-when-pakistani-truck-art-inspired-the-world

Toyota FJ Cruiser painted by artist Haider Ali in Washington, DC.( http://www.brandsynario.com/9-times-when-pakistani-truck-art-inspired-the-world

Danish artist, Adam Grabowski, created this stunningly colorful LEGO truck and displayed it at the exhibition specifically named ISUZU.

Danish artist, Adam Grabowski, created this stunningly colorful LEGO truck and displayed it at the exhibition specifically named ISUZU.

Turkish Municipal Bus shows the Pak-Turkey ties

Turkish Municipal Bus shows the Pak-Turkey ties

Decorated local tram, a successful achievement of Pakistani truck art hits the streets of Melbourne, Australia.

Decorated local tram, a successful achievement of Pakistani truck art hits the streets of Melbourne, Australia.

The distinct unique designs on trucks attributed to the culture and religious significance of a specific province of Pakistan. The stylish patterns fork up the taste of the truck owners of that particular region. Sindh is popular for camel bone ornaments. Karachi (Sindh) is the main center for furnishing, styling, and embellishment of these stunning masterpieces. Islamabad and Rawalpindi employ plastic work. Punjab grabs attention for its stainless steel peacock designs. Peshawar and Balochistan have expertise in wood trimmings as well as we often see calligraphy and political heroes on the trucks. This folk-art is the symbol of pride and dignity for every Pakistani. This beaming colorful truck art is emerging day by day and gains popularity and loud applause at the international grounds.


Sara Shahid.

Civil Engineer.

Comments

SARA (author) from Islamabad on September 04, 2019:

Mary Norton.... It's good to hear from you that you people visit Pakistan....

Yeah the wedding seasons and preparations spreading the colors of life.

Which places did you enjoy the most in Pakistan?!

SARA (author) from Islamabad on September 04, 2019:

FlourishAnyway....yeah definitely..you are more than welcome to visit Pakistan and you would definitely enjoy the beautiful Worth-seeing tourist Spots there.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 03, 2019:

My husband worked in Pakistan as a consultant and we were there for about 2 years. We had fun looking at the colourful trucks and also the colours of women's clothes especially at weddings.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 13, 2019:

I love bright color and would enjoy the opportunity to see these artsy trucks. I imagine that they draw a lot of attention. Who could miss them?