Man’s Shoulder or Hip Cloth (Hinggi)

Hinggi is worn in pair as a shoulder cloth and a hip cloth by Sumba men during important events and ceremonies. It is typically made of two panels that are sewn together along the selvedges. Sumba textiles are known for its bold visual design. This cloth displays traditional motifs of horses and other prestige animals and geometric pattern.

Title: Man’s Shoulder or Hip Cloth (Hinggi)

Artist: Unknown

Creation Date: 1990s

Geography: Indonesia, East Sumba

Culture: Sumbanese

Medium: Cotton, natural dyes

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

Dimensions: 109 x 212 cm (43 x 83 1/2 in)

Classification: Costumes; principal attire (upper or lower body)

Credit Line: Gift of Helena Hernmarck in memory of Mary Kahlenberg, 2022

Object ID Number: 2022.12.KT669