Tais, the traditional woven cloth of Timor-Leste. A great gift and easy to send inside a card - these bookmarks are woven by East Timorese women who are working for economic independence for themselves and their families.
The tais bookmarks are hand woven with several items on one loom at a time. Dexterity and skill are required by the weavers to produce these complex miniature pieces. They come in an array of unique stripes and designs in vivid colours which are individually created by each weaver.
Each bookmark is packaged in a protective plastic sleeve with an explanation about the handcrafts industry of East Timor. They make a simple, beautiful and meaningful gift and allow the weavers to practice their craft and create a sustainable income for themselves, their families and communities.
These bookmarks come to us from East Timor Women Australia (ETWA), a Melbourne based not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. ETWA work to support women in three remote communities on the eastern tip of the island of Timor-Leste. Through the medium of cultural handcrafts they aim to help women ease the burdens of poverty and maintain their cultural integrity.