Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century


Object Place: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia, East

Dimensions

Overall: 261.6 x 44 cm (103 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.659

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Reddish-brown, blue-black and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted and knotted crosswise fringe at each end. The primary design motifs, created by warp ikat technique, are three large bands of aquatic creatures and stylized trees and animals separated by four narrow crosswise bands, two with horse motifs and two with serpent motifs. The piece is made up of two woven lengths of cloth hand sewn together down the center

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

Provenance

1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund