Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial period
19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia


125 x 235 cm (49 3/16 x 92 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

On View

Arts of the Pacific Gallery (Gallery 177)


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Man’s rectangular upper or lower body wrapper (hingii) with design, created by the warp ikat technique, of alternating bands of natural ecru stags with blue birds perched on their backs on reddish-brown ground, reddish-brown and natural ecru horses and floral motifs on a blue-black ground and a repeating geometric pattern in reddish-brown, blue and natural; red and orange weft stripes at each crosswise end with twisted warp fringe.

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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund