[TimorLesteStudies] TAIS~Timor-Leste Textiles Exhibition & Forum: Meanings, Makers and Markets

Jenny Jennifer.Drysdale at anu.edu.au
Thu Jun 12 13:50:24 EST 2008

Enquiries to: sara at alolafoundation.org (the following text is 
available in a flyer from Sara for those interested)

TAIS~Timor-Leste Textiles Exhibition & Forum: Meanings, Makers and Markets

Exploring the issues surrounding the making of the hand-woven 
textiles of East Timor called Tais (tai-sh)
Meanings: deeper meanings behind these textilesthe culture they 
embody, the lore they contain, the stories they tell, their customary 
and ritual value, along with their modern manifestations
Makers: the women artisans who make these textiles and their 
spinning, dyeing and weaving skills and creativity involved in the production
Markets: the challenges artisans and modern producers face in 
creating livelihoods through craft while maintaining the cultural 
integrity of their practice and products

Exhibition at the new St Kilda Town Hall Gallery for the Month of 
September 2008 . Exhibition Launch Friday 5 Sept 6.00pm. Forum & 
Market Saturday 6 Sept 10am til 5pm

The partners (IWDA, Friends of Suai, Alola, METAC and ETWA) have 
joined together to put on this exhibition of traditional and modern 
hand-woven textiles from Timor-Leste followed by a one day forum and 
demonstration to explore and explain the issues that affect cultural 
and commercial production. We seek to support the artisans and 
producers of Timor-Leste by bringing their crafts and products to an 
Australian audience and developing a deeper appreciation of their 
skills. An equally important aim is to create new markets for their 
products and explore solutions for the challenges they face. We are 
seeking support and sponsorship for these two events.

We are Seeking Support and Sponsorship

Please Contact a the Exhibition and Forum Organising Committee:

Pat Jessen, City of Port Phillip Friends of Suai T: 9209 6777 E: 
pjessen at portphillip.vic.gov.au

Sara Niner T: 0417 357 298 E: sara.niner at arts.monash.edu.au

East Timor Women Australia T: 9819 3239 E: office at etwa.org.au

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