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Pakistani-German Workshop for Handicraft

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Workshop for Handicraft

on the Stober Estate in GrossBehnitz

Saturday, 29th of July 2023


Dr Senta Siller + Sabine Piltz 

 (DGFK e.V. Berlin, CULTURA e.V. Nauen)

Shehnaz Ali + Amjad Ali

( AFA NGO in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka)

introducing the fish-skin-project / SPOKU Polonia

introducing the upcycling project / Cultura e.V. introducing the beads project


Special Guests:

Sonja Baum, Manuela Kiss

(International Lyceum Club Berlin e.V.)

Amjad Ali shows the facebook presentation of AFA / Thatta Kedona

ORGANIZATION: Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / Landgut Stober.

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Visit of Amjad Ali and Shenaz in Gross Behnitz project with Senta Siller

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Kitchen Garden
Insect House

Senta Siller, Amjad Ali and Shahnaz

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گاؤں کی گڑیا

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بڑی بڑی آنکھوں والی خوبصورت لڑکی، دلہن بنی گڑیا کو دونوں ہاتھوں میں تھامے مبہوت ہو کر دیکھے جا رہی تھی ۔ گاؤں کے لوگ بڑے شوق سے اس منظر کو اپنی آنکھوں پر سجائے مسکرا رہے تھے ۔اس گاؤں میں جو بھی آتا تھا، انہی گڑیاؤں کا ذکر سن کر آتا تھا۔برسوں سے یہ سلسلہ چل رہا تھا۔بڑے بڑے لوگ آتے تھے ،ٹی وی اور فلموں والے بھی آتے تھے اور اس گاؤں کی منظر کشی کرتے تھے ۔پنجاب کے عین وسط میں واقع یہ گاؤں اب دنیا بھر میں گڑیاؤں کے گاؤں کے طور پر مشہور ہو چکا تھا۔آج بھی ایک ٹی وی چینل کی ٹیم اس گاؤں پر ایک دستاویزی فلم کی شوٹنگ کے لیے آئی ہوئی تھی۔ دسمبرکے سرد دن تھے لیکن بڑی اچھی دھوپ نکلی ہوئی تھی اور اس نرم سی ٹھنڈی گرمی میں مشہور ماڈل نیناں گل دلہن بنی پنجابی گڑیا کو دیکھ کر واری واری جا رہی تھی ۔وہ خود کو پنجابی دلہن کے روپ میں دیکھ رہی تھی ۔اس کی ماں پنجابی نہیں تھی لیکن وہ دلہن پنجاب کی بنی تھی اور نیناں گل کے اندر باہر پنجاب بولتا تھا، کبھی لٹھے دی چادر کے سروں میں، کبھی میرا لونگ گواچا اور کبھی بلے بلے کے ناچتے سازوں میں۔نیناں نے پنجابی دلہن گڑیا کو ایسی جپھی ڈال رکھی تھی کہ جیسے آج یہ گڑیا اس کے ساتھ ہی جائے گی ،لیکن ٹیم کے پاس وقت کم تھا، تیزی سے شوٹنگ کی گئی اور نیناں گل پنجاب کی دلہن گڑیا کو اپنی آنکھوںمیں سموئے گاؤں سے رخصت ہو گئی۔
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Of the Power of the Small

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To preserve traditional cultural assets


Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch

No matter what is conceived or initiated, - more or less quickly the thought process moves to mass thinking and mass production; The motive in the background is to be able to participate in global events.

Even if such thought processes are understandable due to the global spree, still the preservation and support of small-scale and unspectacular projects are necessary.

It is not the globalization and digitization that represents the basis for the future, but the increasingly disappearing analog, the cultural asset that has emerged at some point - similar to the arctic seed vault in Spitzergen in the area of plants and horticulture.

It is urgently needed to support the delicate shoots of such projects is urgently needed, including the preservation of the environment.

The usual commercialization of such projects is counterproductive and destructive!

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Senta Siller's Services to Society over the Last 75 Years

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On the occasion of Senta Siller's 88th birthday in November 2023, the Friends of the SSDC in TGD have resolved to publish a memorandum in her honor.

This should not be understood as a homage to a person who always rejected such endeavors, but rather as an appreciation of an unusual idea, namely income-generating measures for people in rural areas, based on traditional culture and using local resources, and highlighting the selflessness of the project. This stands in complete contrast to the prevailing and increasingly growing global effort towards equalization of all cultures, discounting the fact that they are the real wealth of a country. Wealth, which is irrevocably lost in the onslaught of technology euphorics.

Senta Siller has worked in different positions and countries in the course of her life. In more than 75 years of activity, she has met countless people, a large number of whom can no longer be interviewed. In this writing, however, a few voices were able to have their say, in which they fondly remember their encounters with this unusual woman, not only in her doll-making projects.

Rarely do we meet people who are really unselfishly active for the benefit of society.

The present publication intends to stimulate the reader in the undertaking, in the sense of making a certain effort, even if everything else speaks against it, - all for the welfare of the general public, even if such projects, as initiated by SSi and implemented with the help of many volunteers, are directed completely opposite to the global and digital mainstream.

The editors would like to thank all the people, organizations, and institutions involved who have supported and continue to support the work and ideas of SSi.

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Dr Senta Siller with some village women

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Reception for Dr Senta Siller

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The German artist, social worker, and the initiator of the Thatta Kedona project in the village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka in District Okara, Pakistan Dr. Senta Siller, 87, is again visiting Pakistan. To honor her services a reception was organized at Hotel One in Lahore on 17 March 2023. Artisan women from Thatta Kedona came all the way from TGD to greet and pay tribute to the Mother of Dolls. In a speech, Dr. Siller shared her memories from the early '90s, when she had started the Handicrafts project Thatta Kedona. here we present some of the images of the event: 
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Dr. Norbert Pintsch in Pakistan

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Dr. Norbert Pintsch from Senior Exert Service, (SES) Germany (also Dr. Senta Siller), arrived in Pakistan this morning (16 March 2023). They will be here for a week. Their whirlwind tour includes a dash to Islamabad, Dolls Village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka, and a lot of meetings with friends of Dolls here in Lahore. While in Pakistan, they will also complete work on a proposed publication

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the circle of friends of the

SSDC/SentaSiller DesignCentre


Thatta Ghulamkha Dhiroka

successfully got the digital version from the graphic designer Mr. Zeeshan, Lahore

sent to the graphic artist Mr. Christian, Berlin,

which today has an analogues pro forma first edition. let finish.


Many thanks in advance to everyone involved!

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The first print (372 pages)

for the friends of the analog


Thatta Kedona Blog*

2004 - 2022

was handed over by Chris to Dr. Senta today!


S A J Shirazi, Lahore


Zeeshan and Wazeem, Lahore

Chris, Berlin.

* One of the oldest blogs running since January 1, 2004. It has 871 posts now.  

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