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July 14, 2019

Strings of polished shell beads, known as shell money, have been one of the most important cultural items across South East and East Asia. Used as currency and in traditional ceremonies, shell money has been made by hand for generations. Cash money has now become the d...

2019 is well and truly underway and many of us drag ourselves back to work, and rouse enthusiasm for a new working year. But only three hours from Australia lie the islands of Vanuatu, and a group of women for whom employment is not only a precious gift, but the key to...

Over four days, 80 women were provided natural dyes training across the muncipalities of Bobonaro, Covalima, Lospalos and Baucau. Old master weavers provided knowledge and experience about natural dyes, and shared information about product quality, especially for tais;...

May 7, 2018

Woven Tais cloth is part of Timor-Leste's cultural heritage. All women in Timor know how to spin and weave. It's handed down from generation to generation and master weavers in each village teach the dying process. Tais are also a critical source of income for Timorese...

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