Discover what lies behind the decorative lettering style typical of the Argentine city of Buenos Aires At the end of the 19th century, long before anyone in Buenos Aires used the word lettering, immigrant artists experimented with long-haired brushes and texts in search of an identity for a city that was still very young. Between mischievous phrases, imitations and jokes, they finally found her. If tango is the music of Buenos Aires, filleting is its stroke, its handwritten lyrics , its signature. Twisted, ornate and dramatic, like the spirit of Buenos Aires, the fileteado and its messages are a
wake-up call to those who inhabit the city, so that they do not forget their origins, their history, and even their philosophy of life. We tell you why UNESCO has declared it Intangible Heritage of Humanity. What is porteño filleting and what are its features? 1 Fileteado is the lettering style characteristic of Buenos Aires. Much more than strokes Porteño fileteado is a popular decorative style jewelry retouching service that was born in Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century. Traditionally it was used to paint on horse carts, then it began to decorate trucks. Today, the most common thing is to see it in the buses, as buses are called in Argentina. But filleting is much more than a way to draw letters and decorate transportation. If you ever visit the city, pay attention to the messages behind the style.
Fileteado never comes alone: it is generally used to write witty phrases, poetic sayings or funny, emotional or philosophical aphorisms, expressed in lunfardo, the city's colloquial and tango language. What is porteño filleting and what are its features? 3 Dedication on a bus in Buenos Aires. The ornate letters, usually Gothic or cursive that characterize it, are hand-drawn by artists who uphold tradition and are often proud of their European, especially Italian, origins. For this reason, form and message often go hand in hand. It is usual to read sentimental, dramatic dedications, where there is a filleting. It is not strange that on a Buenos Aires bus someone has taken the trouble to fillet a dedication such as "to