Arts & Crafts

Timorese are very creative with their unique style and workmanship.

Their most famous handicrafts are tais (traditional hand woven fabrics), many of which are sought by serious collectors. Tais are produced in different colours and designs depending on the community where they are made.

Timor-Leste: Human, People, Person, Woven, Market, Apparel, Clothing, Art, Ornament, TapestryOther attractive arts and handicrafts include finely woven baskets and mats, paintings, pottery, jewelry, dolls and intricately embroidered bags, musical instruments, metal knives and wood carvings.

Locally purchased arts and crafts make a wonderful gift and can be readily sourced from handicraft shops, roadside stalls and at local markets throughout Timor-Leste. One of the joys of travelling in the districts is when you come across local people creating beautiful items such as weaving cane ware, working a back-strap loom or carving figurines.

Find arts and craft operators

Dili
Shop at Alola Foundation has a good selection of high quality tais and other woven items for sale. Shop is open 8.30am-5.30pm Monday-Friday.
Vila
Wide range of intricate jewellery and other gifts made from natural materials by the hearing impaired members of this co-operative. Shop open 8.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday by arrangement.
Vila
Co-operative produces embroidered dolls, bags, education toys and other beautifully sewn items. Shop open 8.30am-5pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday by arrangement.
Maubara
Very good range of woven cane baskets, hanging mobiles and other items produced onsite by co-operative women members. Vendors located on waterfront across from Maubara Fort.
Beloi
Excellent selection of Atauro crafts including wood carvings, weaving, metal items and clay pots. Shop open 1-5pm Sunday to Friday and Saturday 9am-12noon and 1-5pm.
Dili
Tais market vendors sell high quality tais and other woven items, wooden carvings, silver jewellery, rosary beads and other souvenir items. Open daily.
Dili
Gift shop with a very good range of quality crafts sourced from around Timor-Leste.

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