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Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

No, definitely not a shopping post. There's one small shopping mall in Dili and a handicrafts market on weekends where you can buy local tapestries, jewelry and wooden carvings. Unfortunately, there are no places to buy any kind of good local art. The one artist shop I visited left me aching inside because I had been so spoiled at previous posts by the availability of quality street paintings and there was virtually nothing here. People looking for nice paintings for their homes buy the in Bali. - Sep 26, 2017
Not really. There are some pretty nice local items. - May 30, 2017
Local handicrafts include basket work and other items made from palm fronds, rustic bamboo furniture, local jewelry and traditional textiles 'Tais' which have an important role in local culture. - Sep 30, 2016
Tips to Bali. - Nov 21, 2013
Coffee and some local craft items. - Apr 25, 2013