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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

016 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)  magnifier

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Kanatang.
Period: 1970
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 125 x 265 cm (4' 1" x 8' 8")
Weight: 805 g (28.4 oz), 243 g/m2 (0.80 oz/ft2)
Design: Four quadrants filled with geometric designs of uncertain meaning, separated by horizontal bands with patola-inspired jilamprang motifs (three whole and two halves), each flanked by two longitudinal bands with four candelabra-like skull trees. The geometrical motifs are executed in a strikingly bright indigo.
Comment: A beautiful piece of unique design and exceptional quality of execution, clearly the product of a master weaver. Immaculate condition. The intricate design requires a high number of bindings, probably more than 5,000.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and East Sumba.
Compare: 020
Literature: Some similarity to early 20th C. piece in Khan Majlis Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 399, mostly in terms of level of intricacy, and in the use of many smaller motifs, repeated in a tight grid. Some similarity, based on same aspects, with hinggi in Dallas Museum of Art, Steven Alpert collection, ID 77951338119031.
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