Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th or early 20th century

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East


Height x width: 101 x 59 in. (256.5 x 149.9 cm)

Accession Number


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), dark and light blue (indigo) and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with thick, twisted warp fringe on each end. The primary design elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of crosswise bands of stylized birds, trees and floral motifs in varying widths.

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


Gift to MFA on January 14, 1943

Credit Line

Gift of the Honorable George Holden Tinkham