Man's upper or lower body wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia, East


Overall: 261.6 x 44 cm (103 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Reddish-brown, blue-black and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted and knotted crosswise fringe at each end. The primary design motifs, created by warp ikat technique, are three large bands of aquatic creatures and stylized trees and animals separated by four narrow crosswise bands, two with horse motifs and two with serpent motifs. The piece is made up of two woven lengths of cloth hand sewn together down the center

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


1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund