Weave Timorese Tais

East Timorese tais.
East Timorese tais.
Source: Museum Victoria

Tais cloth is a form of traditional weaving created by the women of East Timor. The activity often serves as a community gathering and served as a rare form of self-expression in the restrictive environment of the 25-year Indonesian occupation.

Learn about the East Timorese tradition of weaving Tais, used for ceremonies, home decor and clothing. Draw pictures and use ribbon to weave your own Tais to take home. Make colours and patterns come to life!

Download the Tais weaving sheet template (Pdf, 43kb)

View this video with a transcript

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