Purchase a piece of history with these one-off-a-kind hand woven, cotton textiles from LO’UD Cooperative of Timor-Leste. Browse our collection of plant dyed & traditional textiles or read more below about this unique product.
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All our textiles – traditionally known as ‘Tais’ (ti-esh) – are woven on back-strap looms. These looms are portable, inexpensive and easy to construct. Conversely, dyeing and weaving techniques are complex and time consuming, requiring patience and concentration. Patterns and motifs have great meaning, inherited from the elders and constantly represent something more than a mere decoration.
Please remember all goods are plant-dyed and hand-woven by weavers in Timor-Leste. Each textile is a unique expression of the personality and creativity of each weaver, and just like the women, size and colours vary slightly, making each individual textile equally unique!
Natural plant dyes have a unique temperament and character. They are made from leaves, roots, barks and muds at the hands of master dyers.
These textiles are best hand-washed separately with very mild, non-caustic soap in cool water. Dry flat in shade.
ETWA takes no responsibility for shrinking or fading of textiles if they are not washed or cared for following our advice.