Oecussi City can be reached from Dili by Airplane or Ship. There are daily flight from Dili to Oecussi City and takes 30 minutes. As well as there are ship service daily. But visitors can visits Oecussi City from Dili by car around 9 - 10 hours.

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HOW TO GET TO Oecussi About 7-8 hours from Dili with 4WD Vehicle to Fronteira, Bobonaro, Oecussi. And also can be reached by plane from Dili to Oecussi for 30 minutes flight, by speed boat 3 - 4 hours, and by Ferry/Ship for 10 - 12 hours.


Multiple Timor Leste's Wastra crafting method were found in this region, production of Wastra with Rintang Warna technique continue to flourish. There are two types of Wastra that were made in Oecussi, first one is Wastra from hand spun cotton with local custom decoratives and natural coloring agents. The second one is Wastra that were made from yarn that can be bought in stores with artificial coloring agent and also features contemporary and western iconography.


Name of Group : FETO FITUN FRONTEIRA (2002)
Group leader : Mrs Joana Bobotanu
Contact detail : +67076707728
Members : 20 people


Raw Material

Antion Meto's decoratives are made from hand spun cotton yarn and consist of Mak'aif geometrical pattern that were influenced by the ancient Dongson culture from Southeast Asia. Wastra also decorated with animal patterns such as: crocodile, gecko, lizard and turtle. These Wastra also features antromorphic decoratives; these unique decoratives came from the local's interpreations towards their ancestors (ex: a sort of Chimera based on the mith from their ancestors)

Pattern & Design

The craftsmanship of Oecussi's Tais is rather impressive, as it highlights the profane element of humanity and also the mark of Christianization that was introduced in the 20th century. The Portuguese and the monks were introducing many decoratives through Italian and Iberian book. Later, these decoratives were incorporated in Rintang Warna technique by the Oecusi's weaver using store bought threads because thinner threads could produce better pattern.

"Tais Feto / Sarung Wanita Manufahi, Timor-Leste"

The Correlation between Tradition and Tais in Oecussi

Contemporary Tais require less time to dye because they only need to dip it into black ink once. The ease of access to materials and new dyeing techniques saves a lot of time and inspiration that gives way to modern Oecussi's Tais era which was made by the hands of Oecussi's wastra artisans. The modern style of Tais in this area is very popular for clothing, fashion accessories and or as a fabric.