Handicrafts and Appropriate Technology

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Booklets from Senta Siller

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Kunsthaus Dahlem Lyceum Club England

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For CAT and Kids Club friends

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Bartolome de las Casas and Hans Knoepfli

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There is another way to go about it

by Prof Dr Norbert Pintsch / IPC

Bartolome de las Casas (1484-1566) worked in Central America and Hans Knoepfli (1927-2023) in the Cameroonian grasslands; Both were connected to the organization of the church, but both are committed to preserving the traditional structures. De las Casas worked against enslavement, Knoepfli against the selling off of traditional values. Both worked on location - Being recognized for their work was not their main concern!

In our present time of global-digital-unification, it is of utter important to preserve the traditional-analogue-system, - without taking into account the influence of mass tourism, job creations, pseudo-inter-relationships, - the pseudo-values of the current time!

Academic institutions and their allies cannot carry out this task, - their stubbornness hinders and prevents them!

For this purpose and for this reason, there is a need to make efforts and carry out in-depth research, ignoring the prevailing and adopted values in order to create awareness about traditional values!

Please see the literature here and here.

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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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Announcement - Annonce

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On the occasion of Senta Siller's 88th birthday in 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 is irrevocably lost in the onslaught of technology euphorics.

Senta Siller has worked in different positions and countries throughout 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 unselfishly active for society's benefit.

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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Handicrafts From Cameroon 2022

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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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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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