Handicrafts and Appropriate Technology

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 3:51 PM, ,

Handicrafts and Appropriate Technology

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Handicrafts and Appropriate Technology 

One of CAT's projects is the KidsClub, which has been regularly overseen for many years by R.Perner and L.Fluegge. The KidsClub arose from the CAT initiative CAT Club, in which selected schools in the region received a set of alternative technology (SolarCooker, Wind-Mill, etc.) from CAT and were able to gain experience with it. 


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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:08 AM, ,

Thatta Kedona and the Sisters

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A brief summary in seven points 

compiled by Omar M.Ali, Njini King Caro, Ricardo Coslez / idea: Norbert Pintsch

The dolls project has inspired people in other regions to take similar approaches, according to the motto of Direct Support at Site, subconsciously as a counter-model of the so-called humanitarian aid (as above, - which is ultimately self-help for the donor countries, their institutions and organizations) .

1. Story

When did it start? 

-Start in Pakistan 1993, -start in Cameroon 1998, -start in Colombia 1999, among others.

2. Themes

What were the themes or objectives? 

Combining tradition and the future, supporting the preservation of traditional culture, creating income-generating measures for people in the countryside, using local opportunities.

3. Practice and manufacture

What were the main target groups? 

Preferably women in family-friendly projects:

-Pakistan 120 women, Cameroon 60 women, Colombia 60 women.

4. Sales

Where were the unique items sold?

-Pakistan: Karimabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshavar, Faisalabad, Lahore, Karachi; Cameroon: Foyer du marine, Handicraft Center Bamenda; Colombia: Saboya, Chiquinquira.

Internationally in: USA (NY UN Gift Shop), UAE (Dubai Shopping Festival), Athens: Benaki Museum, Reykjavik: National Museum, Bogota: National Museum.

5. Museum bazaars

Where was the direct connection between ethnology and traditional culture? 

Berlin: Voelkerkundemuseum, Hamburg: Voelkerkundemuseum, Cologne: Rautenstrauch-Jost-Museum, Stuttgart: Linden-Museum, Leipzig: Grassi-Museum, Zuerich: Museum am Riethberg, Vienna: Voelkerkundemuseum.

6. Museum collections

Have the unique pieces been accepted into museums?

Museum in Herrnhut, International Puppet Museum in Iceland, Lok-Virsa in Islamabad, Children's Museum in Izmir, Dolls and Puppet Museum in Herisau. Between 1995 and 2015 more than 20000 unique dolls were made, which are in private collections in the USA and Canada, Europe, South Africa, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

7. Internet information

Is there more information available on the internet?







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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:04 PM, ,

A little about ourselves DGFK-CAMCATBAM

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On the occasion of the turn of the century

by Aaron Pinsker and Norbert Pintsch

The DGFK was founded almost fifty years ago. The practical engagement with cultures was implemented in many projects according to a model which used and demonstrated the various interdependencies in culture.

Projects emerged through initiatives, collaborations and activities, initially in Central Europe and after 1990 increasingly in other countries.

From around 2010, we started to collect results and examples into our own (DGFK) archive and assigned them to topics such as interviews, sounds, movies, slide shows, animations, books, posters, etc.

The year 2000 is a turning point in the DGFK, because at the end of 1999 analogue printing of the DGFK newsletter as well as of Indus-River, Sanaga Rivière, Rio Magdalena and Hekla was discontinued.

The reason for this was increasing digitization of media. This also led to increasing depth of the digital information, so that the DGFK established its own website, sponsored by a company, because one of our projects showed pilot character at the EXPO2000 show.

An eShop was installed for selling certain handicraft products from the projects, but ultimately it was abandoned as it did not appear to be suitable for the individually unique items.

In similar manner some websites were also removed because they were no longer necessary or technically obsolete (for example Internet radio projects). But they are stored in the archive and available to interested quarters.

The partner initiatives had their own websites, which were supplemented early on by flexible blogs:










Other project partners, some of them no longer active, are:

www.dolls-project.com (Groenland),

www.royalglobage.com (UAE),

ac-criti-project.com (Griechenland),

www.id-museum.com (Island).

With the help of DGFK, partner societies in other project countries were established, such as:

www.sparc-project.blogspot.com (Pakistan),

www.spocabangladesh.blosspot.com (BanglaDesh),

www.spaetcolombia.blogspot.com (Kolumbien),

www.spathcameroon.blogspot.com (Kamerun),

www.spaetcolombia.blogspot.com (Kolumbien),

www.sutolsrilanka.blogspot.com (SriLanka),

www.sodshnepal.blogspot.com (Nepal),

www.semoliceland.blogspot.com (Island),

www.spokupolonia.blogspot.com (Polen).

In the course of time, a plethora of active participants, supporters and partners entered into the projects and their names are duly collected in the DGFK archive or can be found in search engines:


If a name (for example (Karola Groch,Werner Schroeder, Monika Kuppler, Renate Perner,Marlis Bartkiewitz-Schmitt, u.a.)) is associated with a certain activity or a certain support organization, e.g. the SES, it can be found there too.

Some friends of the DGFK have separated and put their work in the context of a company or organization (e.g. Fronzeck, Heckes, Klapper, Polzer, Sauter, Christ, Borgmann, Stober) or chosen an art platform for their efforts. We do have one person, who has selflessly devoted all her energy and efforts towards the benefit of the general public around the globe (Siller).

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 8:45 AM, ,

News from a troubled region

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Even if political, social and health problems and misery hinder the projects in the NW region or make visits from abroad impossible, digital communication still works.

One of CAT's projects is the KidsClub, which has been regularly overseen for many years by R.Perner and L.Fluegge.

The KidsClub arose from the CAT initiative CAT Club, in which selected schools in the region received a set of alternative technology (SolarCooker, Wind-Mill, etc.) from CAT and were able to gain experience with it.

This initiative resulted in the KidsClub, which, under the umbrella of CAT, introduced children to the possibilities of alternative technology in a playful way.

Every year the foreign volunteers support the project for CAT-internal events, in which in the current situation, i.e in the backdrop of months of school strike, then school closure due to the pandemic, Manasse Norbert is now able to attend high school.

Enclosed is a recent photo from the first day of school in a long time.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 11:15 AM, ,

Liebe Freunde meiner Kunst/ Dear Friends of my Art/ hola Amigos de mi arte!

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Am 30/31 Mai und am 1 Juni 2020 in der Zeit von 11-19 Uhr zeige ich neue Skulpturen die als Resultat meiner Arbeit und Studienreisen durch 5Länder auf 3 Kontinenten in 8 Monaten gesehen werden können. Außerdem zeige ich die Arbeiten aus Holz/Stein/Metall und Papier die während der Arbeit und Studienreise2019 entstanden sind auf meinen Arbeitsplatz in der Messiger Str.23 in 17111 Sommersdorf !!!

Ich freue mich auf jeden Neugierigen und Interessierten Besucher. Bitte beachtet die geltenden Bestimmungen wegen der Coronasituation !!

For the 30/31 May and 1 Juni 2020 from the 11am -7pm its the Day of open Studios Iam to show from new sculpture and works from my Work and Studien visits of 5 Contrys from 3 Continents and 8 Months from 2019.

The Show its of my Workplace of the Messiger Street 23 from 17111 Sommersdorf. Please to respect the Regulations of the Pandemie !!!!
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 2:48 PM, ,

Publication regarding the artist-in-residence program 2019-2020

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At the end of the program, a corresponding publication with ISBN registration was published, which is now available to all participants in Pakistan, Cameroon, Colombia and Germany.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 9:44 AM, ,

Boosting Imaginative Abilities in Children is the Best Form Of Education - German Volunteer

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By Ignatius Nji

Peter Hecht, an artist/painter, carver, sculptor, musician with specialty in Spanish music, says each time he tries to think deep and bring out a new idea either on canvass, on wood, on a stone or in music form, it makes him so happy and fulfilled.

This German Volunteer who was in Cameroon and had working sessions with children in the domain of arts, carving and sculpture said, boosting the power or imagination in children is the best form of education. To him a child can only grow fast when that child is allowed to explore his or her imagination. The education of reciting, cramming and reproducing people's ideas and thoughts which most often donot reflect the reality of today's world are all obsolete.

During his brief stay in the restive Northwest Region of Cameroon in May and mid June 2019, precisely in Bamenda at the Center for Appropriate Technology CAT located at the Bamenda handicraft center, Mr. Hecht had some arts and craft sessions with a group of children below 15 years. These children were coached on how to explore their inner thoughts and feeling and bring them out in drawing using various colours.

This study programme was as a resultof the cooperation between CAT and DGFK, It was dubbed artist-in-residence-programme.

Designs were demonstrated on walls, floors, and terrace and on cardboards and canvass. Peter, who has soft spot for animals both on land in the water, also had sessions with some carvers and sculptors introducing the use of flame on wood to produce dark coloured sea orchid. He was able to savor some brass work with a Bamenda based brass smith. All along the children were given the opportunity identify with various forms of art in their own opinion of what they perceive.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 8:34 AM, ,

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