Tais are the traditional woven cloths made by women in Timor-Leste. They are an essential part of the nation’s cultural heritage, widely used as a unit of exchange, they are generally worn by men and women at during traditional ceremonies. There are as many tais designs as there are family clans across the districts of this troubled new nation. With the intention to conserve and promote these traditional weaving techniques, during 2014 and 2015 the Secretary of State for Arts and Culture commissioned to Timor Aid the research of the first two publications in a series aiming at covering the nation’s textile heritage.

The research was conducted by Joanna Barrkman, Southeast Asia textile curator, and  Rosalia Soares, senior researcher at Timor Aid, respectively for each one of the books. David was commissioned to design each of the resulting content into three publications for English, Tetun and Portuguese readers: You can browse below the English version of ‘The textiles of Covalima’ and ‘The Textiles of Lautem’: