Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule

Object Place: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia, East


120 x 235 cm (47 1/4 x 92 1/2 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), blue-black (indigo) and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted warp fringe at each end. The primary design motifs, created by warp ikat technique, are of wide crosswise bands of skull trees (pohon andung), male human figures and birds on a blue-black ground alternating with narrower crosswise bands of horses and birds on a reddish-brown ground. There is a narrow crosswise band of weft twining (kabakil) in red, black and natural ecru 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