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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

017 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Probably Kenatang.
Period: 1960s
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, very fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 123 x 255 cm (4' 0" x 8' 4")
Design: Pagi-sore motif (top and bottom not mirrored, but wholly different). Bottom half: large naga (dragons) inspired by Ming period porcelain, a framed portrait of a king, various animals. Top half: geometrical, fighting cocks(?). Midsection: immaculately rendered patola ratu, inspired by patola motifs.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] Hinggi made for kabisu, high-ranking aristocrat. A beautiful example of Sumba ikat from the early post-colonial period. Complex and striking pagi-sore design, very well executed, with extremely high number of bindings: circa 10,000. Clearly the work of an ambitious master weaver. In a pagi-sore such as this one, the number of bindings is double that needed for a traditional hinggi with two panels, where the top and bottom of which mirror each other. [Image shows about 75% of the textile.]
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and East Sumba.
Compare: 044 096
Literature: Cf. hinggi depicted in Gittinger, Splendid Symbols, Fig. 120. Similar design, though ours clearly has far superior detailing. The same applies to pagi-sore hinggi in Barry Dawson, Traditional Indonesian Textiles, Fig. 96.
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