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Title

Hinggi (man's shawl or mantle)

19th century-20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

In Sumba, as in many parts of Indonesia, textiles represent one of the most significant art forms. The most fully developed textile tradition existed in the east of the island where textiles were made 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.

Hinggi are distinguished by their bold figurative designs of frontally standing figures, ‘skull trees’, and other more enigmatic figurative motifs. This example is decorated with various motifs including a crayfish-like animal.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, July 2015


Details


Place where the work was made

Sumba Indonesia


Date

19th century-20th century


Materials used

cotton, dyes; warp 'ikat' and supplementary warp weave


Dimensions

252.0 x 126.0 cm


Credit

Christopher Worrall Wilson Bequest 2010


Location

Not on display


Accession number

562.2010