Man's wrapper (hinggi)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th century

Object Place: Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia


Overall: 66.5 x 248.9 cm (26 3/16 x 98 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 crosswise fringe at both ends. The primary design elements, created by warp ikat technique, are of wide bands with large reddish-brown stylized birds on a blue-black ground and smaller bands with natural ecru horses and blue-black birds on a reddish-brown ground. There are narrow bands of red, natural, black and orange stripes along each selvedge and narrow bands of red and yellow weft stripes across each end.

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


Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund