Located on the south coast of the island. It borders the district of Lautem to the east, Baucau to the north, Manatuto to the west and the Timor Sea to the south. It has a population of 70.036 inhabitants (Census 2010) and an area of 1.781 km2. The capital of the district is also named Viqueque. The Viqueque district comprises the subdistricts of Lacluta, Ossu, Uatolari (formely called Leça), Uato Carabau and Viqueque. In addition to the official languages of the country (Tetun and Portuguese), the majority of the population speaks Macassai.

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HOW TO GET TO Viqueque About 7-8 hours from Dili with 4WD Vehicle to Viqueque. Located 199 km southeast of Dili


The Tais artisan in Viqueue is located in one of the sub-municipal of Viqueque and their work still retain the classical pattern inherited from their ancestors.


Name of Group : Haburas Cultura
Group leader : Mrs Rita Amaral
Contact detail : +67077111232
Members : 4 people


Raw Material

Raw materials used are sourced from Viqueque and Dili.

Pattern & Design

Tais feto : Kuutilung, Suta (outer part), and Niniwar (inner part)
Tais mane : Adimeyang and Nainurak
Tais for weddings : 3m x 1,5m Imleka

"Tais Feto Viqueque, Timor-Leste"

The Correlation between Tradition and Tais in Viqueque

Tais mane Adimeyang can be worn by all people but the other Tais-Tais Mane Nainurak can only be worn by royalties/nobles. Classical Tais is closely linked with local ceremony because it is used as the ceremonial wardrobe (wedding and funeral). For certain events or church activitiesViqueque women will wear Tais Kuutilung on the inside and Tais Hena Modok on the outside. For reception, women will wear Hena and Niniwar while men will wear Adimeyang. For events in heritage houses (uma lulik) women wear Hena Lakang and men wear Adimeyang. For other events, women wear Muuro (dominant in green, blue and purple colors) and men can wear whatever they like or a suit.