Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)
Dutch colonial rule
Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East
Height x width: 99 x 45 in. (251.5 x 114.3 cm)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; warp-faced plain-weave, resist-dyed (ikat)
Not On View
Reddish-brown (kombu), blue-black (indigo), reddish-orange, blue-green rectangular cotton cloth with knotted warp fringe one each end. The primary designs elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of crosswise bands in varying widths of stylized skull trees (andung), crustaceans and birds. 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.
Gift to MFA on May 11, 1950
Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection