Thatta Kedona

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Thatta Kedona Dolls and Souvenirs

 
Thatta Kedona Dolls and Souvenirs are very sought after items in gift market. People interested in cultural toys love the unique dolls from Dolls Village. Last week, Thatta Kedona participated in CSA bazaar held at Ghadafi-Stadium, Lahore.
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Use of Appropriate Technology


Prof. Dr. Norbert / Volunteer Director along with the team (including Farooq Ahmed / Director Technology- Transfer- and Training Centre (TTTC from AFA-NGO in TGD) and Prof. Dr. Norbert / Volunteer Director, have successfully introduced a number of innovations over the years with the help of friendly volunteers. Some of them are Drop-Irrigation, Production of Electricity Tthrough Kites, Monument Protection, Experimental Constructions from mud at Peerzada Cultural Complex (PCC) and Beaconhouse National University (BNU), as well as lectures and Workshops in Abottabad and Karachi.
 
Cumulative result of all these innovations is already making use of appropriate technology not only possible but desirable.

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Fine Art of Woodwork

Engraved woodwork - the name is enough to collectors, travellers and cautiously curious dreaming. Antiquity is the first message of the ancient art. And, woodwork executed in villages of Pakistan is a collector's delight that needs to be preserved.

During the Mughal era, Pakistan produced many intelligent personalities and talented artisans who occupied positions in the Mughal courts. Artisans of Pakistan have instinctive good taste and they have achieved a distinctive excellence in woodwork. They are said to have been employed during the construction of Taj Mahal at Agra and Golden Temple at Amritsar. Special types of furniture and decorative items with brightly lacquered woodcarvings and coloured woodwork are still made here and famous all over the world. Gujrat, Chaniot and Multan are particularly famous for woodwork.
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Arabic Text of the Project



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Rural Development

Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch, Omar M. Ali, Aaron Pinsker

In the past, we have often discussed various opportunities of investment in rural areas. Mostly discussions at consumer and social oriented project forms showed the individuality of the regional possibilities.

Instead of an "either – or” it emerged more of a "this –as well as that" situation, although the combinations may be counter-productive, if the individual characteristics of the one or the other part are not sufficiently taken into consideration.
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Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka


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Dolls and Toys from Thatta Ghulamka Dharoka

 
“The Thatta Kedona Project is not a mere community uplift program – by economically empowering women in ways that are consonant with local traditions, it has in fact, restructured an entire rural community for the better,” writes Fatima Waheed. Read her Thatta Kedona story here.

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Professor Gwendolyn in Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka



On the weekend of 26th and 27th November 2011 I (Professor Gwendolyn from BNU) visited Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka together with my friends Mohammad Ali and Asma. The aim was to combine our general curiosity about the diverse activities that have been taking place in the village for almost two decades with our own research interests regarding the development of this community.
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Doll Makers Summer Acedemy

Thatta Kedona Annual Summer Acedemy was held in Karimabad. Alexandra Scherer - volunteer teacher from Germany trained 5 TGD women from Women Art Center, Basic Health Unit and Cultural Complex in English language and basic techniques (reading, writing, calculation).
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Churail in the Village

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.
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In Pictures


Best mud hut in Thatta Ghulamka Dgeroka
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Extreme housing

Dr. Norbert Pintsch
We have already discussed and illustrated Technology and Economy in connection with extreme housing in in parts 1 and 2. Here we discuss the area of Philosophy and the Religion in order to complete the whole picture.

First of all a note on, perhaps surprising, aspects of Religion:
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Thatta Kedona Project


The project that was started by Dr. Senta Siller and Dr. Norbert Pintsch in a village Thatta Ghulamka Dheroka situated on the bank of River Ravi some two decades ago has come of age. A lot has changed over last twenty years.
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