While on my trip to Timor-Leste, I did manage to work on some of the WIPs that I brought with me. That was only in the first week. After that, I would get back to the hotel and after dinner would be too tired or sleepy to pick up a WIP. Maybe it was the jet-lag catching up on me.
During a trip to their local market, we were almost at the end of the shopping day when we turned into an alley-way lined with bushels of bananas. As I walked behind and waited for them to finish their purchase, I glanced to the left … and my eyes lighted up. One of the women sitting behind her stall, and crocheting! It looked like she was crocheting motifs, and joining them.
Well, of course I had to ask her where she got the thread. She said in a store ‘upstairs’. She didn’t know the names – of course, they don’t have names! they’re just stalls in a long line of stalls. Anyway, Sheryl kindly led the way ‘upstairs’ which was really just on a higher level, two steps up. We zigged and zagged, and asked a couple of people where a stall selling thread might be. Nobody knew 😦 Since it was getting late and the others were hungry and already waiting in the car, we had to give up the search …
It looked like there were enough crocheters out there. Here is what I found while walking through the market as well – crocheted bags. Not sure if they were handmade there, or perhaps second-hand donations from others.
And these I found in a souvenir store in one of the restaurants.
Wished I had had more time to explore, but I do think that crochet definitely thrives in Timor-Leste.