Man's wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
about 1910

Object Place: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia


74 x 223 cm (29 1/8 x 87 13/16 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 primary designs elements, created by warp ikat technique, are lengthwise bands of orange stylized trees, crustacea and serpents on dark indigo separated by narrow bands of yellow, grayish-blue and orange stripes. There are crosswise bands of red, white, lavender and yellow weft stripes at each end and lengthwise bands of red, natural ecru and blue-black stripes along each selvedge.

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


Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930
Transferred from the Department of Asiatic Art

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund