Tais Market

Tais Market, Dili: Address, Phone Number, Tais Market Reviews: 4/5

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Kate N
82 contributions
Good tais if you know where to look
Feb 2020
I recommend making your way right to the back for the best Tais. You will know the quality Tais as they are a heavier, more rustic weave with more natural colours. Ask the stall owner to tell you about the makers of the Tais, they should be able to produce some photos of the women who make them and tell you where they come from. Don't be shy to barter. You should be able to get a 30cm x 1.5m good quality Tais for around $35 USD. Expect to pay around $100 USD for a large good quailty Tais.
Written 3 April 2020
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Ivo Carneiro De Sousa
Macau, China146 contributions
Vey nice people and disappointing textiles
Dec 2019
The Tais market in Dili is famous and one of the main tourist attractions. Male and female tais do have a significant presence in the cultural history of East Timor peoples and cultures, turning in one of the first dowry transactions, called "Barlak." So, when one visits the Tais market believes that it offers beautiful traditional clothes and handcraft. It is not the case. It is difficult to find real traditional tais, and most of the products are new and industrial.
In consequence, the advice is simples: if you like something buy it, but don't try to wonder about its traditional value. Most of the clothes come from Indonesian factories and not from local handicraft ateliers. Disappointing, but people are friendly, pleasant, and with plenty of time to bargain.
Written 14 March 2020
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CKF
CT1,915 contributions
Local crafts for tourists to buy
Feb 2020
I understand that Dili is not a big tourist destination, so I am uncertain why this market was built. It actually has some nice woven handicrafts and I felt the prices were reasonable, but we were the only ones there. It felt like a ghost town. In addition, all the shops had the same items. I picked up a few souvenirs but it was kind of an uncomfortable atmosphere.
Written 2 March 2020
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Angela A
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia71 contributions
Expensive
Feb 2020
I visited this market because I wanted to get some of the Timorese handcrafted cloths and a few souvenirs but I got the shock of my life, the price for a T-Shirt was USD15, two metres of their handwoven cloth was USD75, too expensive.
Once you are a foreigner they know, so I guess that may account for the very high prices.
Quite small too.
Written 25 February 2020
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Manuel
Lisbon, Portugal13 contributions
Local handcraft products from East Timor
Jun 2019
The Tais Market is a good place to find local interesting hand crafts articles from East Timor, with a a large and diversified Tais textiles the most representative article from country.
Written 10 November 2019
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LightOfTheWest
Zurich, Switzerland15 contributions
Nice place for suvenirs
Sep 2019
Whether everything is indeed handmade remains unclear, but it is sold by locals, who will begin to lower the first given price if they notice that you keep looking at a specific item. The first prices they gave me were however not high at all, keeping in mind how much the same can cost in Europe. It is maybe not top quality; if someone wants a really good quality I would suggest the shop in the lobby of Hotel Timor, which sells a good variety of products made by a local women foundation. Of course the prices are much higher (no different than in Europe I would say). some of these products can be also found at the little souvenirs shop at Dili airport.
Written 15 October 2019
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Nino Madaan
Rome, Italy192 contributions
Nice place for Timor Handicrafts
Oct 2019 • Friends
It’s nice place love the things there. Prices are a bit high but you can manage to give your offer and they usually agree
Written 8 October 2019
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Neville S
Greater Newcastle, Australia1,083 contributions
Good
Sep 2019 • Friends
This market features locally made material such as scarves and blankets, you will most likely see a lady or 2 weaving cloth on the spot, also a range of tourist souvenirs is available
Written 5 September 2019
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Ian T
Tamworth, Australia105 contributions
Plenty of choice
Aug 2019
This smallish market is full of colour. The locals are willing to haggle so you can get a good deal.
Written 23 August 2019
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Millie D
West Palm Beach, FL31 contributions
You will find a variety here
Sep 2018
You can't leave Timor without owning some of their local textiles, the Tais Market has the best selection.
Written 20 August 2019
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