Thatta Kedona

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One Baby One Tree - 2013


This year we celebrated 19 years of tradition to handing over fruit and flower trees to the residents Thatta Kedona Dheroka – the Dolls Village. A colorful ceremony was held in BHU on mar 27, 2013 where newlyweds and new mothers were given flower and fruit tree saplings. There were 30 new babies since last event in 2012. Dr. Senta Siller started the tradition and now thanks to Dr. Norbert Pintsch who is carrying on the work and traditions in the village. Over time, the trees have grown young and almost every house now has a grown up fruit and flower trees. This creates a beautiful atmosphere in the village. Here are some of the images of the event:
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Dolls of the World

Proof of this is found in the escavations in South America, the Subcontinent, Japan, Italy, Greece, and other sites all over the world. Made out of sa number pof materials like wood, wax, clay, cloth etc., they were not only a toy but used also as religious symbols and cult items for example as miniaturized images of persons.


Even today they are used by many people as fetish. Today, the experts are not sure what was the first purpose of the dolls; as a toy, out of which the cult figure developed or the cult figure which became a toy.

Over and above their value as toys with educational value, dolls are realistic documentation of past and present times and therefore important source of our knowledge about the games, life, living and work conditions and economy. They are important cultural carriers.

Dr Senta Siller established different projects in Pakistan, Cameroun, Columbia, etc., in which small but long-term progress was made towards development of rural areas, help towards self-sustained development, discouragement of urbanization by way of income generating projects in the rural areas through production of certain types of handicraft items. Dolls are manufactured here lovingly and clothed in traditional dresses and accessories. Fabric design and types of clothing are revived and take an important place in daily life.

Dolls from Pakistan

The women project established by Dr Siller in 1993 in the pakistani province of Punjab, which has in the meanwhile also added a men centre, has 120 women members and it is generating income. The women here work not on full-time basis but in a traditional way so that family and field work is not compromised and festivals of different types, common in villages, can be celebrated as usual. The village Thatta Ghulamka Dhiroka has about 1200 residents. The villagers established the NGO Anjuman-e-Falah-e-Aama in 1991, which co-operates with the DGFK e.V. (German Society for Promotion of Culture). The Anjuman itself co-operates with six further projects in the country.

Dolls from Cameroun

Three co-operatives (Akwatinuighah, Akaankang, HandiCraft CAT) are functioning since 1998 in Bamenda, the capital of the North-West Provinz in Cameroun, which is located near the border to Nigeria. Also this NGO co-operates with the DGFK, Germany. Bamenda has about 60000 residents living on seven hills, who speak eight different languages. Apart from the men of CAT, over 100 women manufacture a variety of handicrafts.

Dolls from Columbia

The co-operative Tantomejor was established in 1999 in Saboya and it works in the meanwhile with three other initiatives. Saboya has about 6000 residents near Chiquinquira, the capital of Departemento Boyaca, north of Bogota. Also this NGO enjoys cooperation of the DGFK. Over 100 women are engaged in the manufacture of handicraft items.

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From the roof of the world

Looking for Erbium online, I came upon Silver Sky Imports - a unique online marketplace that offers hand made goods from Tibet, India, Nepal, and throughout Asia. Their products include individual sound samples, pictures and descriptions for each bowl. Also available are products include Tibetan Prayer Flags, Tingshas, Bell and Dorje, Incense, Felted Wool Handbags, Himalayan Salt, Meditation Accessories, Crystal Pyramids, Japanese Singing Bowls, Ceramic, Wood Masks, Prayer Wheels, Gongs, Yoga Accessories, Bronze Statues, and Tibetan Meditation Rugs. Have a look and see what is on the offer.

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Pottery Workshop with Monika Kuppler

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University of Punjab Students in Women Art Center

On March 20, 2013, during their visit to the Dolls Village, students from the University of Punjab had conventional lunch in Women Art Center where they also saw Thatta Kedona dolls and toys.
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