Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (East Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century


Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East

Dimensions

Overall: 233 x 132 cm (91 3/4 x 51 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.792

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Man’s rectangular cotton wrapper with design, created by the warp ikat technique, of a broad central field with stylized floral and butterfly (?) lattice work in reddish-orange, dark blue and natural ecru; on either side there are wide bands with stylized human figures and trees in reddish orange, natural ecru and dark blue between narrow bands with stylized birds in natural ecru with blue and reddish orange spots, on a reddish orange background; red, black, white and natural weft stripes across ends with twisted warp fringe; the piece is made up of two lengths hand-stitched together.

Human forms in such textiles may refer to royal slaves. Originally, these multi-colored cloths were worn or loaned only by the nobility.

Provenance

van Kerckhoff Collection, gift to MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund