Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)
Indonesian (East Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century
Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East
Overall: 233 x 132 cm (91 3/4 x 51 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat)
Arts of the Pacific Gallery (Gallery 177)
Man’s rectangular cotton wrapper with design, created by the warp ikat technique, of a broad central field with stylized floral and butterfly (?) lattice work in reddish-orange, dark blue and natural ecru; on either side there are wide bands with stylized human figures and trees in reddish orange, natural ecru and dark blue between narrow bands with stylized birds in natural ecru with blue and reddish orange spots, on a reddish orange background; red, black, white and natural weft stripes across ends with twisted warp fringe; the piece is made up of two lengths hand-stitched together.
Human forms in such textiles may refer to royal slaves. Originally, these multi-colored cloths were worn or loaned only by the nobility.
van Kerckhoff Collection, gift to MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund