Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia


107 x 230 cm (42 1/8 x 90 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Reddish brown (kombu) and blue black (indigo) rectangular cotton cloth with twisted fringe at both ends. The primary design elements, created by warp ikat technique, are of skull trees (andung), crustacea, cocks, and geometric forms in light neutral reddish orange with a little blue and yellow, on a blue black ground, divided into bands by narrow stripes of reddish orange. The cloth is formed by two woven lengths hand sewn together down the center, lengthwise. There is a narrow band of red and orange weft stripes across each end.

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


Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund