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Thatta Kedona showrooms

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Lahore, Call: 0303 – 7356986 for appointment in the Show Room or visit:

Hotel Avari Hotel Pearl Continental International Club - Gadafi Stadium Source, Gulberg III Annemarie-Schimmel-House Puppet Museum, Green Acre

King's Handicraft - Marriott Hotel APWA Shop Solo Gallery Object, Park Tower - Clifton Islamabad

Kissa Khawana Galleria - Serena Nomad Gallery London Book Store Behbud Shop Maharaja Handicraft
Faisalabad: Hotel Serena

Karimabad: Café de Hunza


Canada and USA: UN New York / Gift Shop
UAE-Dubai: Hotel Royal Mirage
Iceland: International Dolls Museum
Greece: Benaki Museum Athens


Ethnological Museums in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg
Pakistan House, Potsdam (Via Mr Laube)

Gift Shops in:

New Zealand

Women Art Center
Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka, Okara

Postal Address:

Main Show Room: Thatta Kedona, 11/7 -- Allaud Din Road, Lahore Cantt, Pakistan

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Lahore College for Women University students in the Dolls Village

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Thatta Kedona, in addition to producing dolls, toys and other cultural handicrafts has been a center of leaning since its inception over a decade ago. Students from different universities have been visiting Thatta Ghulaka Dheroka for research, orientation and or for sightseeing.

This time a group of 55 students from Lahore College for Women University (-Dept for modern languages, -Dept for Home-Economic and Dept for Ceramic) visited the Dolls Village on Mar 28, 2010.

Group arrived in university buses. In the villages they explored cultural complex, Women Art Center where they were briefed about activities of AFA and TTTC (including pottery workshop and Appropriate Technology) by Farooq Ahmed and Ms Farzana. They also visited localy designed Mud House. 

In addition to the village walk, students were taken around on Tonga 

Stay tuned, students from Beacons House University are also visiting the Dolls Village in the first week of April.


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Sky is the limit

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Ambreen made Pakistani history by becoming one of the country’s first female fighter pilots, but on Sunday she was due to swap her flight schedule for an arranged marriage.

“It’s all set and planned, but I haven’t talked to him,” she admits, her face scrubbed clean and wearing a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jumpsuit – a far cry from the make-up and ornate gown she’ll wear for the wedding.

The wedding between Flight Lieutenant Ambreen Gul, 25, and an engineer from Islamabad has been arranged by their families in the best Pakistani tradition.

When she wakes up on Monday – International Women’s Day – she’ll be married to a man she has only seen once before and with whom she has barely exchanged a word.

Pakistan is a conservative Muslim country, where the United Nations says only 40 per cent of adult women are literate. Women are victims of violence and abuse, and the country still lacks a law against domestic violence.

But in 2006, seven women broke into one of Pakistan’s most exclusive male clubs to graduate as fighter pilots – perhaps the most prestigious job in the military and for six decades closed to the fairer sex.

Ambreen’s company manager father was delighted. Ironically it was her housewife mother who initially feared her daughter would bring shame on the family.

“It was because of our eastern culture. She thought people would say, ‘Why are you letting your daughter go out of the home?’

She and 26-year-old Flight Lieutenant Nadia Gul say PAF is a trailblazer for women’s rights. As respected officers with a 60,000-rupee-a-month salary, they are living out their dreams.

“It’s a profession of passion. One has to be extremely motivated. I love flying. I love to fly fighter jets, to do something for my country that is very unique,” smiled Ambreen, her hair stuffed into a pony tail.

Signing up aged 18, only a handful of girls beat homesickness and stiff competition to pass a six-month selection process and graduate after three-and-a-half years of training.

“It was the toughest time we’ve ever faced,” Ambreen remembers.

During a training flight on a Chinese-made F-7, she once blacked out for a few seconds before survival reflexes kicked in.

Nadia, whose army captain husband is serving on the front line of Pakistan’s war against the Taliban in the mountains of Swat, won a prize for academic achievement at PAF’s first women fighter pilot graduation.

“It was the first time. It was history,” she remembers, a bottle-green hijab covering most of her hair and tucked into her padded pilot’s jacket.

“I was just a girl who went to college and came back home, but now I’m in a great profession,” said Nadia.

Commanding male subordinates, they bat aside any question of sexism or men who don’t take kindly to being ordered about by a woman.

They love the respect that comes with official fighter pilot status in the armed.

“Families are very fascinated. Everyone’s very impressed,” says Nadia, describing her husband as “very supportive” and “proud”.

Forbes ranked Pakistan in 2010 as the fourth most dangerous country in the world. Officers say only a tiny elite – and no women – actually fly in combat in Pakistan’s tribal belt, a battleground against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

While PAF is outwardly very proud of its women pilots, some wonder privately whether women are strong enough to reach the top of the profession.

But flying transport and cargo planes, ferrying VIPs like cabinet ministers around the country, Nadia feels women’s lot is improving and takes issue with Western perceptions of Pakistan as backward.

“PAF are giving us this chance on an equal basis. It was really a bold step that the Pakistan Air Force has taken in recruiting lady fighter pilots,” she said.

In a country where extended family is important and most middle-class women rely on servants for household work and child-minding, Ambreen and Nadia may be saved some of the problems faced by women in the West.

They believe marriage and – in the future – motherhood can complement, not replace, a career, “provided you have a supportive family.” - Dawn 

Related: Change of Guards and Women at their Best 


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Travel to the Doll Village

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In the way, see the dilapidated tomb of Mir Chakar Rind. Read about the monument here.


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Thatta Kedona - How Social Enterprise Changed a Community

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Ramla Akhtar

The lives of the residents of this village changed 15 years when a German art teacher took up her student Amjad's invite and visited his village: Thatta Ghulam da Dheroka.

An enterprising spirit, she asked the villagers about their craft. The women showed her hand-made rag dolls. The art teacher, Dr Senta Siller, told the villagers she could teach them to make refined hand-made dolls.

Thus spun off a social enterprise in this 200-house strong village that has changed the way of life and living here. Women have a school. The village has a road. They experimented with alternative energy very early on, and now are undertaking community energy & food projects.

The women from this conservative village now go on study tours with the Germans. The villagers have learned about sanitation, childcare, and eco-friendly living. Cleanliness is rewarded here.

Above all, these changes were brought within the system, without breaking down the structure violently.

The whole village participates in the making of the dolls, which represent the four provinces of Pakistan. The original doll is called, "Churail." This is my peek into their lives.

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Experience With NGOs

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Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka, District Okara

1st Floor
Guru Mangat Road
near Sui Gas Office
Gulberg Lahore

in cooperation with:
German Society for the Advancement of Culture & Institute for Planning & Consulting

Lecture on 31st of March 2008
Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / Volunteer A.F.A.
Lahore - Berlin

Here is the outline of the lecture:

1. NGO (Non Government Organization)
a) in general: What is a NGO?
b) in especially: A.F.A.
- Income Generation
- Self Help Projects
- In Rural Areas
- Traditional Culture
- Organization Scheme

- HC = Handicraft
i. Dolls
ii. Toys and Dolls Furniture
iii. Silk Paintimg and Pottery
- AT = Appropriate Technology
iv. Solar-cooker, Solar- Collector, IceFix, WindMill, DryCloset
- C&I = Communication & Information
v. Workshops, Exhibitions, misc. Participations

3. Marketing&Advertisement (under b.e.p.)
- In the country
- Abroad

4. Product Development&Quality Control
- Volunteers from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Australia
- Block printing, lacquer work, camel skin painting

5. Networking&Cooperation
6. NGOs in Pakistan
7. Ddaughters from A.F.A.



1.Seal of Excellence from UNIDO
2.Dolls from Pakistan
3.Dolls from Europe
4.Dolls from the World
5.The World, the Idea, the Theory and the Present Position
7.Development an Demolishing
9.Culture Development Model
10.Traditional Culture and International Civilization
11.Resource and Growth Oriented Economy I, II

see :
-60 Jahre Pakistan, p.88
-TechnoBiz 12/07, 04/07, 11/06
-P-TV, 08.03.06
-Conference “Conflict vs. Dialogue” / Iqbal Academy, Lahore 2006
-Conference “Appropriate Technology” / COMSATS, Abbotabad 2007



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The process of urbanization is now more rapid and massive and affects a greater part of the world than ever before, mainly because it is now rampant in the less developed countries, which still board 3/4th of the world’s people. The migration of hundreds of millions of rural folk to cities in these still chiefly agrarian countries is revolutionizing the life of humanity just as surely as are the other major aspects of economic and social modernization. The unprecedented rates of over-all population growth are helping, along with the rural-urban migration, to swell the populations of individual cities more than ever before. Necessarily, social, economic, and political problems of major significance are being created by the huge rural-urban migration and the rapid rise of megapolises in countries whose main orientation has until recently been agricultural.

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