Man's shoulder or waist cloth (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East


Height x width: 96 x 55 in. (243.8 x 139.7 cm)

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Medium or Technique

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

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Reddish-brown (kombu), blue-black (indigo) and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted warp fringe on each end. The primary design elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of crosswise bands in varying widths with stylized horses, birds, deer heads and a central band of a repeating floral motif known as patola ratu.

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


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift of Elizabeth Day McCormick to MFA on October 14, 1943

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection