Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East


Height x width: 99 x 45 in. (251.5 x 114.3 cm)

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), 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

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Bain Hoyt—Charles Bain Hoyt Collection