2024 marks significant commemorations, including the 25th anniversary of Timor-Leste's vote for independence and the start of the Australian-led INTERFET mission. It also celebrates 20 years of partnership between ETWA and the LO'UD Cooperative in Timor-Leste. ETWA, founded by Australian women in solidarity with Timor-Leste, is collaborating with the Burke Gallery at Trinity College, University of Melbourne on the "Tais, Culture & Resilience" Exhibition and Symposium.

The exhibition honours Timor-Leste’s journey to independence and showcases its history and traditions through the vibrant weaving culture of the LO'UD Cooperative. It highlights the cultural arts' power to inspire and connect, reflecting the solidarity between communities in Australia and Timor-Leste. The exhibition runs from September 19 to December 10, 2024.

The symposium, featuring scholars, activists, and experts, will delve deeper into these themes, with discussions on Timor-Leste’s occupation, resistance, and traditional culture. It will be held on September 21, 2024, from 1-4.30pm.

"Tais, Culture & Resilience" is dedicated to Marcelina Pinto and Dr. Helen Hill, who fought for Timor-Leste’s sovereignty. The event is curated by Ben Thomas, with photography by Elaine Briere, Sally Gray, Jorge da Araujo, and Ross Bird, and audio-visual design by Marcus Salvagno.


24th September - 10th December 2024

Professor Sir Joseph Burke Gallery
Trinity College, Parkville, VIC 3052



21st September 2024 | 1.00 - 5.00pm

Craig Auditorium
Trinity College, Parkville, VIC 3052


Funds raised will amplify the exhibition's impact and its potential for cultural exchange and expanded understanding of individuals regardless of their interests. Ultimately, donations will bring this significant cultural project to fruition and broaden its significance to foster dialogue and rethinking within both local and global contexts.

With generous support by our partners:

NEW textile designs by LO'UD weavers in Timor-Leste

Inspired by time-honoured designs, LOUD’s new textiles embody sustainability and contemporary elegance. Skilfully plant-dyed and hand-woven using traditional methods, LO’UD’s slowly crafted textiles are naturally stunning. 

Ethically produced and priced, every purchase sustains weaving practices and enterprise well-being.

Australian War Memorial Tais Commission

Arte Tais Husi LO’UD


In 2021, the Australian War Memorial invited LO’UD to tell their own stories of Timor-Leste’s journey to independence through the enduring artform of Tais. After two years of fabulous consultative work with their members and participatory research by the LO’UD Team, we’re proud to announce that the Memorial recently received four beautiful and culturally significant Tais created by LO’UD members.

The Tais represent the resilience of Timor-Leste’s women, and their contributions to the resistance, peace, and nation-building. They also represent the cooperation between Timor-Leste and Australia, and the pivotal role played by the Australian Defence Force in restoring peace and security in Timor-Leste in late 1999.

Parabens (congratulations) to LO’UD and on their behalf, thank you to the team at the Australian War Memorial!

ETWA has a big heart for rural women in Timor-Leste.

As a small Australian not-for-profit our volunteers have a direct connection with the communities of women we work with and our people-to-people approach has cultivated life-changing opportunities for members of the LO’UD Cooperative, our key partner in Timor-Leste.

LO’UD Cooperative

ETWA’s Key Partner in Timor-Leste


LO’UD empowers its’ members through local and appropriate economic development whilst ensuring their work preserves culture and leaves a light environmental footprint for future generations.

LO’UD draws its 80 members from three weaving collectives; one located in the flatlands of Lospalos and two in the highlands of Iliomar. In these communities, 80% of women are illiterate and less than 3% of young women attend high school.

LO’UD women speak with one voice to end poverty in their communities! ETWA has supported these amazing women since 2007.

LO’UD’s long-term vision is to seek a balance between dependence and independence and to protect, respect, preserve and cherish their culture and environment to create sustainable futures for their children.
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What's News

October 17, 2023

Arte Tais Husi LO’UD

Australian War Memorial Tais Commission 2021-2023. Inspired by ETWA’s short documentary film, Heru Ini Lafu, a curator at the Australian War Memorial reached out to ETWA to explore the possibility of commissioning Tais from LO’UD that could speak to themes of independence, and women’s role in peace and nation building. After conversations over many months, an agreement between ETWA and the Memorial was formalised in late 2021.
September 10, 2023

Tais Listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Traditional Timorese textiles known as 'Tais' were added to UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding on the 15th of December 2021. The application was made by the Secretary of State for Art and Culture of Timor-Leste in 2020, and community consultations included weavers from Iliomar.