Lautem is located in the eastern part of Timor Leste, including the 1,702 km2 wide Jaco island. Los Palos is Lautem district’s capital located 248KM away from east of Dili. This municipal shares identical names with areas in Timor Leste (formerly Timor Portugis) . During the time Timor Leste is still called Timor Portugis, there are many areas that has Portuguese names such as: Vila Nova de Malaca (Lautem hari), Nova Nazaré (Com), Nova Sagres (Tutuala), Nova Ancora (Laivai) and Silvicola (Loré). Lautem consists of 5 (five) districts: Iliomar distric, Lautem Moro, Los Palos, Luro and Tutuala. Other than the country’s official language (Tetun and Portuguese), the locals could also speak Fataluku language, a Papuan language that is being used in New Guinea.
There are three types of classical Tais that still apply special motifs in line with their ancestral restrictions, including:
1. Tais Sica Lau (The Sica Lau Tais) Commonly worn at traditional ceremonies, with typical shades predominated by dark brown and black on the Sica Lau Mane Tais (men's Tais), and red shades on the Sica Lau Feto Tais (women's Tais).
2. Tais Upulakuaru (The Upulakuaru Tais) Upulakuaru is the classical Tais worn by the people surrounding the Com region and its closest neighbors at traditional ceremonies; particularly weddings due to its more colorful motifs.
3. Tais Sapulau (The Sapulau Tais) Commonly worn by unmarried men and women. All three types of classical Tais also have matching motifs for men (mane) and women (feto).
Contemporary Tais is developed independently on the motifs and colors requested by customers. Its typical features include:
1. Modern Tais with freestyle patterns;
2. Modern Tais with "songket" patterns normally dominated by bright colors, especially the green shade of leaves.
Tais is closely tied with cultural ceremonies because of their many functions, Tais can be used as a barter medium for wedding and funeral ceremonies. As dowry, the groom has to offer 77 (seventy seven) buffaloes while the bride has to give 10 - 15 Tais Sisirana (Mane and Feto) depending on the agreement of both parties.
Most of the sales of Tais came from foreign tourists, as Com is a popular tourist destination but nowadays the sales dropped as fewer and fewer tourist came which results in the decline of local artisan's income. Now, Tais sales are only intended for Com's cultural activities which happen seldomly.