Woman's lower body wrapper

Indonesian (Sumba)
mid-20th century

Object Place: Melolo, Sumba Island, Indonesia


Center back: 188 cm (74 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, plain weave with continuous supplementary warps, hand painted with color, metal

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Circular cotton cloth with a red ground and yellow, white, and dark blue woven stripes; orange, blue, black, and yellow thin striped section; woven animal figures in white on red/orange ground; black wide stripe on the bottom section; human and animal shapes woven in white, blue, and orange with some embroidery on attaching pieces; 10 small flat metal figures sewn onto bottom section.


Made by the wife of the Lord (Umbu) of Melolo, Sumba; acquired through gift exchange by Monni Adams in 1969; Purchased by MFA. (Accession Date: September, 19, 2007)

Credit Line

Textile Income Purchase Fund