Woven textiles are a very important part of the Florinese culture. Woven cloths are available all over Flores but the districts of Sikka and Ende have a long and rich history in weaving tradition. The two predominant styles of weaving in Flores are Ikat and Songket with Ikat means “to tie” in the Indonesian language and refers to the weaving process as well as to the woven product. The production of the ikat is a very demanding and time consuming process involving a variety of complex steps and procedures. Ikat weaving style is widespread in Eastern Flores and as numerous villages still are producing ikat, there are many opportunities for visitors to see weavers working on their masterpieces.
Songket weaving can be found in the Manggarai and Ngada districts of Flores, with the main feature of the weave being an ornamental thread that is inserted to the fabric.