Man’s Cloth (Hi’i Wo Hepi)

This cloth is impressive because of its sheer size and the fineness of the handspun cotton and pattern. It must have been made for a important male figure in the Savunese society.

Title: Man’s Cloth (Hi’i Wo Hepi)

Artist: Unknown

Creation Date: 1900s

Geography: Indonesia, Savu

Culture: Savunese

Medium: Cotton, natural dyes

Technique: Plain weave, tie-resist dyed warp (warp ikat)

Dimensions: 107.2 x 232 cm (42 1/4 x 91 3/8 in)

Classification: Costumes; principal attire (lower body)

Credit Line: Gift of Paul Hepworth, 2020

Object ID Number: 2020.2.KT461