You may or may not have heard of Foxy Shehzadi, a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle painted with unique Pakistani truck art that travelled from Islamabad to Paris sometime back… I had read about it in some obscure corner of a newspaper, however only recently when I met the gentleman who had painted the somewhat famous Foxy Shehzadi that I came to appreciate the Pakistani Truck Art.

Ustab Habib Painting Foxy Shehzadi’s Sister

 

Foxy Shehzadi in Paris

What is Truck Art?

In words of Peter Grant ‘The extraordinary tradition of decorating buses and trucks has its roots in the days of the Raj when craftsmen made glorious horse drawn carriages for the gentry. In 1920s the Kohistan Bus Service asked the Master Craftsman, Ustad Elahi Buksh to decorate their buses to attract passengers. Ustad Elahi hired a group of artists from the town of CHiniot in Punjab who’s ancestors had worked on great palaces and temples dating back to the time of Moughals. It was not long before everyone else followed suit.’

Truck Art has recently gained popularity as a form of art, with various arts and organizations working towards promoting and marketing this form of expression… Tribal Truck Art is on such organization where one can purchase house hold items such as trays, lanterns etc adorned with Truck Art.
As for me, I am happy with my latest acquisition… The Truck Art Watering Pot :)))

And if all this doesn’t satisfy you, perhaps you can order your own customized truck art piece with Ustad Habib

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Written by Sadaf Zarrar
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