Bangladesh’s Rickshaw Art
Working on the film and catalog of Surayia’s art, we were kindly put in touch with the members of the American Council for Southern Asian Art. Many thanks to ACSAA for helping us to find more of Surayia’s designs around the world. One of the Council’s members, Joanna Kirkpatrick, has studied the art of Bangladesh rickshaws and we think that you will find her Ricksha Arts website of interest. Rickshaw drivers in Bangladesh are very hard working, often providing transport for several people and their market purchases in the scorching heat or pouring rain. Some of the women that Surayia trained to embroider had to supplement the income of their husbands who were rickshaw drivers because the work is not a particularly well-paying even in the best of times. As difficult as this job is, rickshaws provide a critical and affordable means of transport, and the art portrayed on the rickshaws is often colourful and imaginative.