Man's wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
about 1910

Place of Creation: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia


79.5 x 215 cm (31 5/16 x 84 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund