114.2 x 274.0cm
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
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