Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The "Tais" - traditional Timorese weavings

Every district of Timor Leste has its own "tais" pattern. These textiles are still made by hand and are used for several different purposes. Traditionally, they are worn in the same way as a sarong. But nowadays, some of the handicraft shops are branching out to make all kinds of things with tais - everything from laptop bags to picture frames to book covers. They also make great cushion covers, bedspreads, and tablecloths. Dili has a tais market where you can see the range of beautiful colours and designs that are available. (Photo copyright Marianne Woodward)