Ermera is located in the central part of Timor Leste with 746 km2 wide area. Ermera's capital is Gleno, 58 km southwest of Dili. Ermera has 5 sub-districts: Atsabe, Ermera, Hatolia, Letefuo and Railaco. Ermera district is famous for its coffee.

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Malabe Village in Ermera is located 75 km away from Dili and can be reached in 7-8 hours through Gleno.


Tais central workshop in Ermera is locacted in Malabe village (suco), sub-district Atsabe. Their name is "Atsabe Bertais" led by mrs. Deorinda Pereira with 5 members.


Name of Group : Atsabe Ber Tais
Group leader : Mrs Deolinda Pereira
Contact detail : +67077462238
Members : 5 people


Raw Material

Most of the raw materials used to make Tais in Ermera is store bought thread due to several reasons:
1. Practicality (it takes time and dedication to spun the thread the way their ancestors did)
2. Nobody grow cottons in Ermera
3. Buyers prefer bright colors for their Tais and store bought thread/yawn simply accommodates it. Modern Tais in this area combines cotton and gold thread to produce golden Tais pattern.

Pattern & Design

There are 3 (three) classical Tais pattern that still uses special pattern and can not be altered according to the tradition (pakem) in Ermera district.
TAIS KASE: commonly used in local ceremonies (weddings etc). Teens wear brighter Tais pattern for weddings, as for the elderly they wear darker colors.
TAIS LARHECHU: commonly used in funerals and usually darker in color.
TAIS FUTUS: commonly worn by teens for ceremonies in Ermera.
These three classical Tais has matching patterns for both male (Mane) andFemale (Feto).
For contemporary Tais, the pattern is order to made :
Tais Larhechu modern
Tais Modern free pattern (usually features animals, mythological gods, etc)
Tais modern with golden thread.

"Tais Kei Lana/Tais Feto Ermera, Timor-Leste"

The Correlation between Tradition and Tais in Ermera

Classical Tais is closely tied with rituals as it is used as a medium of exchange in weddings and accessories for funerals. In wedding ceremony the groom has to give 1 (one) buffalo and the bride has give in return a pair of Tais Kase (mane and feto) and 1 (one) pig to the groom's family.