Man's wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
about 1910


Place of Creation: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

Dimensions

79.5 x 215 cm (31 5/16 x 84 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

30.793

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Blue-black (indigo) and orange rectangular cotton cloth with twisted fringe at each end. The main design elements, created by warp ikat technique, are bands with crustacea, fish and birds, in orange on a dark indigo ground, alternating with bands of blue-black horses on an orange ground. There are bands of red and orange weft stripes across each end.

Hinggi are traditionally made in pairs for men to wear both as a wrapping cloth for the waist and the shoulders.

Provenance

Kerckhoff Collection purchased by the MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund