Happy birthday Dr. Senta Siller
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Happy Birthday to Dr. Senta Maria Anna Siller – the honorable Mother of Dolls who is recipient of Floriade (the Netherlands), Gestaltetes Spielgut (Creative Toys – German Toys Industry), Bundesverdienstkreuz (highest civil order of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) and many more honors.
The hand crafted products from the Women Art Centre are sold in Islamabad, Lahore and in Austria, New Zeeland, Canada, as well as European countries and in UN gift shops around the globe. Dr. Senta Siller has helped spread the rich culture of Pakistan through hand crafted gift items in over 40 different countries. The unique self help production in the Village not only helps rural women to generate additional income for themselves and their families but also spreads cultural wealth of Pakistan and shows how culture goes beyond geographical boundaries. The dolls and toys are art lovers’ delight with marketable potentials. The products of the Village voluntary project were displayed in EXPO 2000 in Hannover in Germany as a sole worldwide project from Pakistan. It was recognized as an "exemplary" for the twenty first century. This year they are at display at Expo 2005 in Japan.
Women Arts Centre that started in the courtyard of a mud house has its own spanking new building and one of the largest solar energy facilities in Punjab. The project also includes a functional health centre, educational services and tourism facilities as a part of the holistic project. The like minded NGOs in Cameroon, Columbia, and Iceland learnt of this project and started working in collaboration. The governments of different countries (Germany, Canada, and Japan) are supporting Dr Senta Siller in her work. She has been awarded the title Queen Mother in the highlands of Cameroon. In Columbia she has been made an honorary member of the Yaguas -- an Amazonian Indio tribe. With the help of an Icelandic development company of which she is an honorary life member, an international doll museum was established in Iceland. Dolls from Pakistani village are on permanent display in the Museum.
Who is this woman? In addition to her work in Pakistan in the fields of arts, crafts, cultural preservation and poverty alleviation, Dr Senta Siller has had extremely successful and demanding professional life as entrepreneur, artist, scientist and director of an art school. Dr. Senta Siller was born in Vienna. One side of her family descends from the line of 'Archduke Leopold Salvator von Bourbon Habsburg Toscana' – famous Austrian nobility. After World War II, her family lived in the Bavarian countryside. Dr. Senta Siller studied design in Berlin and came to Pakistan for the first time in the sixties.
Now her time is distributed between Germany and Pakistan. In Berlin, Dr. Senta Siller is an honorary member of many cultural and professional entities. In 2001, she founded Pakistan House for the information of German citizens in Potsdam.
I have had the pleasure of working with this great woman for some time now. I have always fond her inspiring, untiring, giving and caring. What is the motive of her work? "I am returning back some of what I achieved in my earlier life," she says.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 12:06 AM,
- At 8:05:00 PM, Nayyar Julian said...
Wish U A Very Very Blessed Happy Birthday ...GOD BLESS U
- At 8:14:00 PM, Nayyar Julian said...
Wish U A Very Blessed Happy Birthday :)
- At 2:31:00 PM, maria said...
May your coming year of life is full with joy.
gifts to Pakistan
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