MUNICIPAL:
Dili

Tourist and locals who would like to purchase Tais products and local handcrafts from Tais could visit some of these places in Dili: Rui Collection, Alola Foundation,Tais Colmera Market, Kor Timor, Tais Weekend Market (Saturday & Sunday). Tais local products that are available in Dili are Classic Tais (check), Contemporary Tais and other Tais local handcrafts such as bag, shoes and other handcrafts.

Timor-Leste Map
HOW TO GET TO Dili Dili has international access to Jakarta, Denpasar/Bali (Indonesia), Singapura and Darwin (Australia).

Alola Fondation

 

Alola Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded by Mrs Christy Xanana Gusmao in 2011. This organization was established with the goal to improve education, empower the women of Timor-Leste, create job opportunities, and preserve the culture of Tais. Since its founding, Alola Foundation has been endlessly fostering and improving the quality of human resources and diversifying Tais products to 20 groups across 11 municipalities. Alola Foundation’s workshop, centered in Dili, is supported by 25 weaver sconsisting of 23 females and 2 males.

 

90% of Alola Foundation’s products are contemporary Tais and all their creative products are purely made of Tais without mixing with other ingredients. Their range of products includes fashion accessories such as women’s bags, yoga bags, bandanas, hats, wallets, coin purses, coasters, file holders, flowers, Christmas tree motifs and fridge magnets. Most of the buyers are foreign tourists, particularly Australians. 

Approximately 10% of its products still take the form of classical Tais obtained from groups of weavers from Bobonaro, Marobo, Los Palos and Oecussi. The uniqueness of Tais from these regions attracts foreign tourists visiting Alola Foundation’s gallery. The majority of buyers are foreign tourists, especially Australians who use the classical Tais for the interior of their houses.

 

To reach a broader market, Alola Foundation partners with Alola Australia in founding more galleries in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

At their gallery, Alola Foundation also stores old classical Tais in a glass cabinet, presenting it as a reference for those in the process of developing classical-contemporary motifs. The Tais is shown only as a display property, for research purposes and as part of the effort to preserve Tais as a valuable cultural heritage.

 

 

 

 

Rui Collection

 

The owner of Rui Collection, known as Rui, is the emblem of a forward-thinking and creative youth of Timor-Leste. Rui received art education at one of the universities in Bandung, Indonesia, and was a designer at Alola Foundation. Currently, Rui is developing a fashion business made of Tais and has the following visions:

1. Preserving Tais;

2. Broadening Tais’ recognition;

3. Increasing economic revenues; and

4. Developing Tais products and attracting tourists (enhancing the tourism industry).

 

Rui Collection often represents Timor-Leste in international exhibitions, and is currently setting up its branches in Australia (Darwin) and Greece.

 

The Tais of Oecussi, which are predominated by vibrant-colored floral and plant motifs, are majorly reflected through Rui Collection’s fashion product designs. In addition to floral motifs, Rui also promotes the application of classical motifs, especially those of the municipality of Lautem, such as Sica lau or Upu Lakuwaru.

 

As evidence of its serious commitment to highlighting Tais as the identity of Timor-Leste, Rui Collection administered a fashion show at Centro Convencoes de Dilli on December 8th, 2016, showcasing casual, formal, and party clothing for men and women made of Tais from all over Timor-Leste.

Kor Timor

 

Kor Timor, meaning “the color of Timor”, was established in 2006. The company focuses on developing creative products made of Tais in addition to fashion and shoe items. Kor Timor has a future vision to promote Tais and other products made of Tais as a distinctive world-class cultural produce of Timor. 

 

Kor Timor has been providing guidance and support to the emancipation and independence of women in Timor-Leste across 9 municipal regions.

 

Weavers partnering with Kor Timor amount to approximately 54 people of over 40 years of age in average. In the meantime, those working in Dili workshops consist of 19 weavers and 4 quality controllers. The workshop in Dili is intended for wholesales, while another shop and kiosk at Timor Plaza are targeted at retail sales.

 

In addition to the above social acts, Kor Timor is also focusing on:

1. Environmentally friendly recycled products

2. Supporting local weavers in the diversification of Tais products 

3. Providing job opportunities for the residents of Timor-Leste, especially the young people

4. A fair trade system

 

With its upper-middle segmentation, 70% of buyers of Kor Timor comprise foreign Tourists (mainly Australians), and locals in the remaining 30%. To reach a broader market, Kor Timor has also taken part in overseas exhibitions, such as:

- The 2013 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

- The 2014 exhibition in Melbourne, Australia

- The 2015 exhibition in New Mexico, US

 

Kor Timor routinely exports around 100 boxes of Tais made of recycled material to Melbourne, Australia every month. Other importers come from Canberra, Australia, who order recycled Tais commodities several times a year. 

 

Most domestic orders come from Timor-Leste’s government institutions such as MCIA, the Ministry of Women, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Arts and Culture. The supplies are then used as souvenirs for important visitors to the

country.

 

Kor Timor manufactures 60% contemporary Tais and 40% classical Tais. They are also capable of producing fine Tais ribbons of supreme quality with a width of 1.5 cm for overseas markets; which is done manually by weavers in Oecussi.

 

The challenges often faced by Kor Timor in this matter include copyright infringement and the intense competition with other Tais enterpreneurs that manufacture similar products.