Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East


136 x 229 cm (53 9/16 x 90 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Reddish-brown (kombu), blue-black (indigo), light blue and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted warp fringe at each end. The primary design elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of bands of stylized trees, horses and floral motifs in varying widths. There is a band of weft twining (kabakil) in blue, red and yellow stripes at each end. The piece is made up of two lengths hand stitched together.

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


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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund