Shopping

NGOs have encouraged the re-emergence of traditional handicrafts, and some NGOs (like Boneca de Ataúro) are helping locals to make very desirable and useful products including laptop bags and pencil cases. Tais (a traditional material woven using small back-strap looms) are the most ubiquitous souvenir around; also look out for handmade pottery, which can be purchased for around US$1 at district markets. Carved wooden items are also popular souvenirs; be aware though that you may have difficulty getting them through customs in some countries.