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Stall attracts crowd

Dawn Gibson
Friday, April 11, 2014

MAITE Monnereau was the owner of one of the most colourful stalls at the Trade Pasifika 2014 show last week — a Timor Leste stall featuring numerous handicraft items, bags and even children's toys.

And although it was Ms Monnereau's first time in Fiji, she said the feedback she received from interested passers-by was encouraging.

"I'm really surprised because we've had a really great feedback from all the visitors we've had here," Ms Monnereau said.

"All our products here are handmade, most of them with the local textile and woven textile that we call tais in Timor, so they are woven either with local cotton and we also activate the agriculture in the villages with the production of cotton."

The stall, named Liman, also featured handmade buttons, earrings, coffee boxes, books and regular gift boxes and the name Liman, serves mainly to reiterate the use of hands in generating income.

"Liman means hand in the local language in Timor, so it's handmade, but it's also about working together under one umbrella which we call Liman Timor Leste.

"We also work with colours that are natural — we buy very bright colours in the shops for example, but we're trying to revive the use of plants and flowers to have natural shades they used to have a couple of decades ago."

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