Man's shoulder or hip cloth (hinggi)

DATE:
Early 20th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Cotton
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
105 × 45 1/2 in. (2 m 66.7 cm × 115.57 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Steven G. Alpert Collection of Indonesian Textiles, gift of The Eugene McDermott Foundation
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1983.93

General Description

Ikat-patterned textiles from the small island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia have long been famous for clarity of color and complexity of design. Notice the bright white (which represents the original color of the yarns), the light blue shapes that enliven the inky blue of the background, and the small cross-shaped elements on the oval motifs that are arranged in horizontal bands.

Large rectangular cloths with fringe across each end are the traditional garment for men on Sumba and other islands of eastern Indonesia. These textiles are woven and worn in pairs, one wrapped around the hips and the other draped about the shoulders, according to local custom. The motifs can be read as stylized patterns. The overall effect also suggests a watery environment with organic shapes that resemble sea creatures.

Excerpt from

Carol Robbins, Label text, 2008.