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Name: Brigitte K.
Mother tongue: German
Occupation: Teacher, now retired
My object: embroidered ribbon for holding a bell
My story about it:
It is a story within a story. About six years ago, I met Senta Siller at a fair in Berlin called Partner des Fortschritts (partners of progress). She sold beautiful dolls from her Pakistan village project. As a kind of enablement (Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe), the project supports women in learning how to resurrect their old embroidering techniques. We talked for hours, and this was the beginning of our friendship. Together, we now voluntarily sell the embroideries at Christmas markets – at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, for example. There are several projects in Pakistan that the Senior Experten Service (a Foundation of German Industry for International Cooperation, a non-profit organization) coaches; therefore, Senta Siller also sells embroideries by Afghan Fugitive Women. And the embroidered ribbon for holding a bell is one of them.