Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)
Dutch colonial rule
Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia
125 x 234 cm (49 3/16 x 92 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; warp-faced plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat)
Not On View
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
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund