Located on the south coast of the island, it borders the district of Manatuto to the east, Aileu to the north, Ainaro to the west and the Timor Sea to the south. It has a population of 48.628 inhabitants (Census 2010) and an area of 1.325 km2. The capital of the district is Same. In 1945, during the Portuguese Timor, this district was also called Same. It now comprises the subdistricts of Alas, Fatuberliu, Same and Turiscai. The latter – Turiscai, previously in Ainaro, was moved to Manufahi during the Indonesian administration, while Hatudo was split off from Manufahi and joined to Ainaro. In addition to the official languages of the country (Tetun and Portuguese), the majority of the population speaks Mambai.

Timor-Leste Map
HOW TO GET TO Manufahi About 4-5 hours from Dili with 4WD Vehicle to Same of Manufahi.


Same is one of the sub-district in Manufahi district which has Tais central workshop that still retain its heritage pattern and also develop modern patterns. In Same city there is a group of Tais artisan called Samalemo (Kemana Tempat Ramai Ada Di situ; Where there is crowd we will be there) led by mrs. Natalia Suixcas with 5 people.  10


Name of Group : SAMALEMO
Group leader : Mrs Natalia Suixcas
Contact detail : +67077346395 and +67076295903
Members : 5 people


Raw Material

Raw materials in Same is the combination of hand spun cotton or commonly sold yawn/thread. The thread is bought from Atambua, Indonesia. Famous brand used are Obor, Kupu-kupu and Selimut Indah from Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

Pattern & Design

Same's Tais pattern doesn't have a specific name, its only called Tais Manufahi

"Tais Feto Moderno Manufahi, Timor-Leste"

The Correlation between Tradition and Tais in Manufahi

Like the other districts in Timor Leste, tais in Manufahi also be used as a condition to the traditional events such as marriage, death, and welcoming guests.