Take the spirit of East Timor with you by buying some woven tais cloth at Tais Market. Traditionally hand-made by women, the material is internationally-famous. The market also offers bags, jewelry, and other handicrafts. Use the colorful tais for a variety of purposes like a carpet, a table cloth, or simply as a decoration. While roaming the market, look out for the women making the material in their shops. See Tais Market and all Dili has to offer by arranging your trip with our Dili route planner.
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I recommend making your way right to the back for the best Tais. You will know the quality Tais as they are a heavier, more rustic weave with more natural colours. Ask the stall owner to tell you... more »
The Tais market in Dili is famous and one of the main tourist attractions. Male and female tais do have a significant presence in the cultural history of East Timor peoples and cultures, turning in... more »
So many varieties and designs available,prices also vary so don't be afraid to haggle.Different Tais pieces can be found from all over Timor as well as jewellery and other traditional items.It can be helpful to bring a local to translate for you.
Traditional market designed to sell native woven "tenun" fabric was narrow and stiflingly hot. The prices usually to be offered high/expensive, so the buyers have to tricky to bargain with US dollar. Even so, the place was clean and neat.
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