Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East


Overall: 152 x 241 cm (59 13/16 x 94 7/8 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-black (indigo) and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted warp fringe at each end. The primary design motifs are of narrow and wide crosswise bands with stylized male human figures, birds, horses and plant forms created by the warp ikat technique. There is a narrow band of weft twining (kabakil) in red, yellow and tan stripes across each end.

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


van Kerckhoff Collection; purchased by the MFA on July 17, 1930

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund