Tais artisans in Laclubar located in one of the sub-distrcts in Manatuto and they still retain the heritage pattern.

Located in the central part of the country; it reaches both the south and north coasts of the island. It borders the Strait of Wetar to the north; the districts of Baucau and Viqueque to the east; the Timor Sea to the south; and the districts of Manufahi, Aileu and Dili to the west. It has a population of 42.742 inhabitants (Census 2010) and an area of 1.706 km2. The capital of the district is also named Manatuto. The longest river in Timor-Leste, the Laclo river, reaches the sea near Manatuto, between the Ponta de Subaio and Lanessana bay. Manatuto comprises the subdistricts of Barique-Natarbora, Laclo, Laclubar, Laleia, Manatuto and Soibada. In addition to the official languages (Tetun and Portuguese), the majority of the population speaks Galóli, which is recognized as a “national language” by the Constitution.

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HOW TO GET TO Manatuto About 2-4 hours from Dili with 4WD Vehicle to Laclubar, subdistrict of Manatuto.


In Laclubar artisans are spread across villages, one of them is a group of 6 artisans led by mrs. Flavia. The typical Laclubar's Tais are rainbow colored and mostly made with store bought thread/yawn. Tais for male is called Tais Seubulu while for female is called Tais Hia.


Name of Group : Promove Tais Laclubar
Group leader : Mrs Flavia B. Bento
Contact detail : +67077847069
Members : 6 people

Raw Material

Raw material used in Laclubar, Manatuto are sourced locally from Laclubar and Dili.



Pattern & Design

Notable characteristics from Laclubar's Tais are its embroidery on the edge of the Tais called Tuni. The patterns that stands out are deer, chicken, flowers, or a combination of the three.

"Tais Feto Manatuto Timor-Leste"

The Correlation between Tradition and Tais in Manatuto

Tais are still used in every stage of life of the local community, for birth ceremony, baby boy will be taken out to be shown to their neighbours after he is 6 days old and 5 days old for baby girl. Baby girl is covered with Tais Feto while baby boy is covered with Tais Mane. There are no specific pattern used for this Tais.

As dowry, groom has to give 2 buffaloes and some cash and in return, the bride will give 2 piece of Tais (mane-feto) and 2 pigs. In wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom will wear full dress Tais.