Pakistanis are famous for decorating their vehicles. The transport trucks, used to ferry goods primarily between Pakistan and Afghanistan are particularly extravagant. As we were stuck in Peshawar due to the fighting in the Khyber Pass, a visit to industrial Peshawar to see these trucks being constructed seemed a solid idea.
Below is an example of a completed transport truck.
The truck yards are down this muddy track.
This is what the trucks look like when they first arrive in Pakistan – a rusted out shell cast off from America or Europe.
The trucks are literally rebuilt from the ground up.
For example: The steel frame supporting the back of the truck is ripped out and replaced with wood. Steel soon develops fractures on the rough Afghan and Pakistani roads, so wood is used instead and proves far more durable.
After the structure and supports are in place, comes the important part… Decorating the truck.
These guys are cutting out patterns to be used on the truck design.
Although trucks are the focus here, they are not the only vehicles receiving the full treatment.
Even motorcycles get decorated.
The painting and decoration is all done freehand – no decals or outlines.
The artisans pass on their skills to their children and so you see generations at work in the truckworks.
This guy was bringing in needed raw materials from another neighborhood.
As this was Pakistan, they let us drive a truck around. The truck was not easy to drive, but it was a lot of fun.