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Title

Hinggi (man's shawl) with stylised design of human figures


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

As in many parts of Indonesia, in Sumba textiles represent one of the most significant artforms. The most fully developed textile tradition existed in the East of the island where where textiles were made to fulfil ritual, ceremonial and everyday functions. One of the most distinctive Sumbanese cloths is the 'hinggi' or man's shawl or mantle, a very large cloth decorated with bold designs in a warp ikat, and often with supplementary weft patterning. This cloth is decorated with a design of 'archaic' human figures with a supplementary star pattern suggestive of the patola design.

Hinggi are distinguished by their bold figurative designs of frontally standing figures, ‘skull trees’, and other more enigmatic figurative motifs. Reflecting the head hunting culture, textile designs incorporated images of severed skulls which were believed to generate fertility and prosperity.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2006.


Details


Place where the work was made

East Sumba Indonesia


Date

circa 1970


Media category

Textile


Materials used

Ikat, cotton and natural dyes; warp ikat with supplementary weft patterning and braided ends


Dimensions

125.0 x 282.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

181.2003



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