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Title

Hinggi (man's shawl) with crayfish and 'coat of arms' design


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

As in many parts of Indonesia, in Sumba textiles represent one of the most significant art forms. People wove them to fulfil ritual, ceremonial, and everyday functions. One of the most distinctive Sumbanese cloths is the hinggi (man's shawl), a very large cloth decorated with bold designs in a warp ikat. Usually a pair is made; one is worn as a sarong, while the other is folded over the shoulder as a long scarf or used as a shawl. This example is decorated with various motifs including a crayfish-like animal, trees, floral patterns, and a 'coat of arms' design, which reveals the influence of the Dutch. The ends display a separately woven geometric band and fringes.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


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

114.2 x 274.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

182.2003



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