Close up of East Timorese tais weaving process. Photograph by Amy Ripley

Tais of East Timor

Dili Tais Market is an unprepossessing place – just two narrow alleys of tin-roofed shacks. But once you step off the hot, dusty street and into its secret, shady lanes, you arrive into a world of colour and creativity. Tais are … Continue reading

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Crafty ideas to green up your act

Australians spend about $50 billion on presents each year and around $700 million of that ends up as landfill. This year, make your own using recycled or sustainable materials instead. Here are some ideas: 1. How to wrap with cloth … Continue reading

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Electronic swatchbook

Swatches or small samples of fabric have been collected and compiled in the form of swatchbooks for at least 300 years. The Powerhouse Museum has several volumes containing thousands of bright, unfaded samples of fashionable fabric designs, braids and laces ranging from the 1830s to the 1990s. The Museum’s electronic swatchbook site contains samples from the 1890s through to the 1920s. Continue reading