Art of Weaving

All our textiles - traditionally known as ‘Tais’ (ti-esh) - are woven on back-strap looms. These looms are portable, inexpensive and easy to construct. Conversely, dyeing and weaving techniques are complex and time consuming, requiring patience and concentration. Patterns and motifs have great meaning, inherited from the elders and constantly represent something more than a mere decoration.
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The Art of Weaving. Women from Illiomar, Timor-Leste. Futus also know as Ikat, is a resist dye technique, designs are unique to location and family heritage.

Women from Illiomar, Timor-Leste. Futus also know as Ikat, is a resist dye technique, designs are unique to location and family heritage.

ETWA is a not-for-profit organisation run by Australian women in support of Timorese women living on the southern tip of Timor-Leste.

ETWA is a not-for-profit organisation run by Australian women in support of Timorese women living on the southern tip of Timor-Leste.

A shift from using chemically dyed cotton to plant-dyed cotton improves women's health. Weaving Fair Futures.

A shift from using chemically dyed cotton to plant-dyed cotton improves women's health.

Looking for special Gift Cards for Christmas this year? Checkout these stunning cards from ETWA - ON SALE NOW for only $6 for 6 carrds (reduced from $12). Printed with vegetable inks on smooth Eco card. Shop http://www.etwa.org.au/product/etwa-gift-cards/

A small Australian not-for-profit with a big heart for rural women in East Timor.

Fair Futures supports textile weavers in Timor-Leste. Weaving Plant Dyed Textiles. #weavingfairfutures - - - #weavingfairfutures #shop #handwoven #cotton #handmade #handcrafted #naturaldye #plantdye #fairtrade #textiles #volunteer #ngo #timorleste #melbourne #womensupportwomen #womenempowerment

Fair Futures - ETWA - Weaving Fair Futures for women in Timor-Leste

Fair trade means weavers like Anita are rewarded for their dexterity and skill. Weaving Fair Futures

Fair trade means weavers like Anita are rewarded for their dexterity and skill.

Are you interested in Hand weaving and natural plant dyes?  Checkout this very informative webpage, put together by the team at ETWA. http://www.etwa.org.au/about/hand-weaving/

Are you interested in Hand weaving and natural plant dyes? Checkout this very informative webpage, put together by the team at ETWA. http://www.etwa.org.au/about/hand-weaving/

Winding the warp. Weaving Tais (Textiles) in East Timor. A meticulous process. Photo by Sally Gray. http://www.etwa.org.au/

Winding the warp. Weaving Tais (Textiles) in East Timor. A meticulous process. Photo by Sally Gray. http://www.etwa.org.au/

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