Man's wrapper (hinggi)
Dutch colonial rule
Place of Creation: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia
79.5 x 215 cm (31 5/16 x 84 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, resist-dyed (ikat)
Not On View
Blue-black (indigo) and orange rectangular cotton cloth with twisted fringe at each end. The main design elements, created by warp ikat technique, are bands with crustacea, fish and birds, in orange on a dark indigo ground, alternating with bands of blue-black horses on an orange ground. There are bands of red and orange weft stripes across each end.
Hinggi are traditionally made in pairs for men to wear both as a wrapping cloth for the waist and the shoulders.
Kerckhoff Collection purchased by the MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund