Traditional Cloth Called Tais, Tais Market, Dili, East Timor

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tais market, dili
An activity mastered and performed solely by Timorese women, with techniques passed from generation to generation, is weaving of cotton threads to create a colorful piece of cloth called Tais.
tais market, dili
tais market, dili

Considered an integral part of East Timor cultural heritage, Tais cloth is used for traditional clothing, home décor, ceremonial adornment and most importantly, before the introduction of standard currency, it was used as a means of trading livestock.

Predominant designs are geometric patterns called kaif and predominant color used is red which symbolizes long life and courage following local belief.
tais market, dili
tais market, dili
tais market, dili

Though these days, tais decorated home or tais clothed individuals are rarely found at the street of Dili, however for those who wanted to have authentic patterned cloth for souvenir can head to Colmera and look for a small compound of pink walls and roofing called Dili Tais Market.
tais market, dili
tais market, dili
tais market, dili

Open everyday, Dili Tais Market sells high quality cloth, wooden carvings…

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