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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: 1960
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 83 x 248 cm (2' 8" x 8' 1")
Design: Design incorporating three of the most important Sumbanese design elements for the highest class: the habak, traditionally the property of the kings of Kanatang, in the first and tenth ikated bands; karihu in the second, fourth, seventh and nineth bands: patola ratu in the third, fifth, sixth and eighth bands. Dark background, foreground in brick red plus white, touches of yellow applied after the weaving.
Comment: Very good workmanship manifested in the fine drawing. Unusual in the total absence of figurative elements, so characteristic of East Sumbanese cloths in general. Cloth is also unusual in that it is relatively narrow.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and 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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