Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th or early 20th century


Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East

Dimensions

Height x width: 101 x 59 in. (256.5 x 149.9 cm)

Accession Number

43.20

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; warp-faced plain-weave, resist-dyed (ikat)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Reddish-brown (kombu), dark and light blue (indigo) and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with thick, twisted warp fringe on each end. The primary design elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of crosswise bands of stylized birds, trees and floral motifs in varying widths.

Hinggi are traditionally made in pairs for men to wear both wrapped around the shoulders and around the waist.

Provenance

Gift to MFA on January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham