Arts, Crafts and Markets
Arts, Crafts & Markets — A Cultural Tourism Experience in Timor-Leste
Ataúro communities specialize in different crafts and have developed their own unique style and workmanship. Their most famous are wood carvings including figurines, boats and diving goggles; metal knives; musical instruments; finely woven mats and baskets; clay cooking pots; jewelry and intricately embroidered bags, dolls and other items. Crafts can be bought from artisans and at markets and co-operative shops. Purchasing these helps support Ataúro’s local communities, and especially local women who have found livelihoods through these beautiful products.
The weekly markets are a great place to buy local produce and handicrafts, watch the world go by and gain a better insight into island life. Local market days:
Tuesday – Atekru
Wednesday – Anartutu
Thursday – Makili
Saturday – Beloi