Alola Esperanca, a perfect place to find gifts for your friends and family! stocks quality handicrafts produced by weavers from all around Timor-Leste. Locally produce and sells items: bags, wallet, shawl, clothings, assorted earings, cushion cover, Tais waistcoast, table runner and other various local handicrafts (all materials made from tais). Alola Esperanca also accepts special orders for making letters or making your own messages on tais cloth
Profits from Alola sales all contribute to our program supporting women & children throughout Timor-Leste.
For more information please contact : (+670) 3323855 or email: email@example.com
VISIT AND BUY ALOLA ESPERANCA PRODUCT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SUPPORT THE ALOLA FUNDASAUN PROGRAMS IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN THROUGHOUT TIMOR-LESTE.
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In 2005, in order to support timor-leste weavers, the Alola Foundation began a project called “Alola Esperansa” with the aim of creating a market for handicraft products produced by weavers.
Alola Esperansa and the Alola Foundation as a pioneering organization are part of efforts to improve quality and at the same time promote traditional fabrics woven from Timorese cotton yarn. Through a craft development program carried out by a women’s economic empowerment program, the Alola Foundation tries to develop natural coloring for tais fabric using locally-friendly ingredients. Alola’s team identified local materials based on the experience of the weavers themselves and shared them again through training.
Alola Esperansa now, has a production center and retail store located in Mascarinhas – Dili. The products they produce are superior products for Timor-Leste and marketed overseas. Profits from Alola sales all contribute to Alola program supporting women & children throughout Timor-Leste.
Tais is the traditional handwoven textile of Timor-Leste. Used for decoration and to create traditional clothing for ceremonies and festivals, it also expresses cultural identity and social class since the colours and motifs vary according to ethnic groups. Tais is made from cotton dyed with natural plants, and the complex process is traditionally reserved for women, who pass on the skills to the next generation in their communities.
At the sixteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (15 December 2021), Tais from Timor-Leste was approved for inclusion in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Protection.