For Lio Ende community, weaving is one of the main activities for women besides cooking or gardening. Weaving is a tradition handed down from generation to generation. Almost every mother does these activities to meet their needs both for the benefit of customs affairs to the expression of aesthetic value of their rich culture. While in Ende, do not miss the adjacent ikat market sells hand-woven tapestries from across Flores and Sumba. Of all Florenese products, ikat cloth which is sold in locally different forms, colors, and styles, is definitely the most meaningful, valuable, and unique souvenir. Florenese ikat is mostly hand-woven, and some of the cloth is made out of all-natural local ingredients – from the cotton to the dyeing agents. Thus, it may take up to three years to produce such a magnificent piece of art.
When it comes to shopping for Ikat, it’s time to test your bargain skill. Even though bargaining is something playful, it is important that no party feels cheated or humiliated in the end. The art of bargaining and the tactfulness needed to make both parties feel like a winner is best learned by frequent practice, and carried out with a fair amount of joy and humor.
How to Get There
Ikat Market Ende is located near the Ende Sea Port at Jalan Pasar, next to Rendo Park (Soekarno Park).