Vehicle painting in Pakistan
Colorful truck painting in Pakistan has become a truly traditional form of art. The painting depicts landscapes, beautiful women, pictures of political figures, patriotic symbols, fetish objects, religious symbols, driver’s words of wisdom, human heroes, calligraphy of poetic verses. This moving art exhibits Pakistani culture and symbolism. The truck painting industry has become a big business. Only in Karachi there are more than 50,000 people working in small, often run by a family, workshops, each with unique styles and specialties. The process of decorating a truck can take six – ten weeks. Traditionally the front of the truck features religious scenes, while the back has modern life pictures and humorous motifs.
The lively colors of Pakistani trucks have inspired multiple fashion designers. Among them was the Italian fashion company Dolce & Gabbana. They used truck art-inspired displays in a 2015 campaign. The while used more on women’s fashion, some men’s clothing has been inspired by South Asian truck art.
Karachi is a major city center for truck art. Oher hubs include Rawalpindi, Swat, Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore. Trucks from Balochistan and Peshawar are often heavily trimmed with wood, while trucks from Rawalpindi and Islamabad often feature plastic work. Camel bone ornamentation is commonly seen in trucks decorated by artists from Sindh.
Colorful Vehicle painting in Pakistan