Many tais SME's implements an end-to-end practice of fair-trade. Any purchased product is justifiable, with a trackable end-to-end process. On a piece of Tais alone, for instance, consumers can identify:
Its type (feto or mane);
Its year of manufacture;
Its dimensions or size;
The name of its maker or weaver;
Its native origin (place of manufacture);
Its product category; classical, contemporary, or special collection;
The technique used in its manufacture;
The material used in the making; either it is spinning cotton, store cotton, colored yarn, or others; and
The dyeing procedure; using natural, chemical, or a blend of natural and chemical dyes.
1. THINGS & STORIES GALLERY
The gallery situated at Timor Hotel was founded 2 years ago in July 2014 by Ms. Maite Monnereau from France and Mr. Joao Ferro from Portugal. Things dan Stories Gallery does not only sell Tais but also facilitate continued training for 700 weavers, implement strict nquality control regulations, expand its range of products and implement an endto- end practice of fair-trade. The biggest customers come from Japan, Portugal, Australia, and the United States, making up approximately 90% of all buyers, while the rest are locals from the uppermiddle class. To make creative products made of Tais, the gallery owner mixes classical and contemporary Tais in order to conform to the characteristics of each buyer.
For instance, for the Tais dolls specially made for Japanese customers, the owner uses natural-colored Tais with simple motifs that depict all lines and stripes with a similar color tone. Not all the consumers purchasing classical Tais products wear them as clothes, but also as home motifs, tableclothes, wall hanging items, bedsheets, sofa covers, and many more. In the meantime, local consumers buy their Tais as supplies for traditional ceremonies in their native districts.
The hand-carried products of this gallery have also been exported to overseas countries. To attract a broader audience, the gallery plans to launch a new website and grow more focused on export markets.
Alola Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded by Mrs Christy Xanana Gusmao in 2011. This organization was established with the goal to improve education, empower the women of Timor-Leste, create job opportunities, and preserve the culture of Tais. Since its founding, Alola Foundation has been endlessly fostering and improving the quality of human resources and diversifying Tais products to 20 groups across 11 municipalities. Alola Foundation’s workshop, centered in Dili, is supported by 25 weavers consisting of 23 females and 2 males.
90% of Alola Foundation’s products are contemporary Tais and all their creative products are purely made of Tais without mixing with other ingredients. Their range of products includes fashion accessories such as women’s bags, yoga bags, bandanas, hats, wallets, coin purses, coasters, file holders, flowers, Christmas tree motifs and fridge magnets. Most of the buyers are foreign