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Sindhi truck art tin trucks win Thus Quality Awards

March 21, 2011

With feeble and insincere apologies for the interruption in the awards process, I am delighted to announce that The Robot Shop’s Sindhi truckers’ tin trunks have passed all the tests and blasted into the Thus Quality Hall of Fame.

Louis Vuitton doesn’t even get to platform one in comparison to the Thus Sindhi hand painted tin trunk

Only a loony or a Hounyhym (Thus passim) could find any fault with these life-affirming and unique hand painted suitcases, made in Pakistan’s Sindh region, and coincidentally available at the Brick Lane Robot Shop. Lest you accuse the award judges of bias, I refer you to sub-criterion 32 section 3, which clearly states that ‘brilliantly-painted tin objects from troubled tribal regions that find their way to the Brick Lane Robot shop will be inducted to the Thus Quality Hall of Fame.’ Sub section 4 adds: ‘even if the Brick Lane Robot Shop is allegedly owned by Thus Media Ltd, administrators of the Thus Quality Award and even if the supplier appears to be a friend and crony of the proprietor.’ So there you have it.

Sindhi handcrafted soft toy rabbit, about as unique as you’re likely to get, breeding like crazy in the Brick Lane Robot Shop

Anyone lucky enough to have travelled through the Hindu Kush to the Khyber Pass – and even luckier to have come back – could not fail to notice the vibrant and eclectic gypsy paintings on the trucks and buses. These suitcases are painted in the same style and manner. Surprisingly lightweight, robust (though a bit of a chore to get through airport metal detectors), adorned with real and imaginary animals, birds, butterflies, folk symbols and the occasional ocean liner, these objects are simply wonderful. I stack them up in my Coptic St Fortress of Solitude and use them to store towels, linen, t shirts and robots, which pretty much wraps up the inventory of my life.

If you can’t afford a tin trunk, or your imagination doesn’t run to big stuff, runners-up in the award include hand-painted Sindhi enamel mugs and Aladdin-shaped enamel teapots. You can also buy fanastical elephants, rats, rabbits and teddies, hand stitched and crafted from remnants of tapestry from equally incredible rugs, which Sindh ladies scavenge then blend to make surreally wonderful soft toys. I myself have several dozen.

My next post is likely to be about product placement. On the other hand, it might be a hymn of praise to the Middle East envoy, the saintly Tony Blair, who enjoyed a spot of product placement himself in the current issue of my former publication, Prospect, in a breathtaking example of awful timing. Watch this space and buy some tin stuff before Tony achieves his objective and the Third World War intervenes.