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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

020 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)  magnifier

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Kanatang (probably).
Period: 1940-1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 83 x 248 cm (2' 8" x 8' 1")
Design: Wholly geometrical design, largely based on patola. Four broad bands of patola ratu motifs. At the extremities two bands with three habak (or habuku) motifs, probably of Dong Song origin and traditionally the prerogative of Kanatang royalty. Dark background, foreground in brick red plus white, touches of yellow applied after the weaving.
Comment: Unusual in its purely geometrical treatment, and the total absence of figurative elements, so characteristic of East Sumbanese cloths in general. Cloth is also unusual in that it is relatively narrow. Weaving is excellent. [Image shows about 90% of the textile.]
Background: For additional information see chapter on Sumba and/or East Sumba.
Published: Woven Languages 2014, Carpet Collector 4/2014
Compare: 016
Literature: Some similarity with hinggi depicted in Voelger and Van Welck, Indonesian Textiles, the supplement by Khan Majlis, Fig. 161 (three bands of patola ratu motifs) and Fig. 163 (central band with habuku motifs).
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