Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia


125 x 234 cm (49 3/16 x 92 1/8 in.)

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 and natural ecru cotton cloth made up of two woven lengths hand-stitched together down the center with crosswise warp fringe on each end. The primary designs elements, created by the warp ikat technique, are of bands of stylized trees, male human figures, horses and birds in varying widths. There are narrow bands of weft twining (kabakil) in red, black, white and green stripes at each end.

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


van Kerckhoff Collection, gift to MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund