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071 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Praliu, probably.
Period: 1960-1970
Yarn: Cotton (kapas biasa)
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 106 x 281 cm (3' 5" x 9' 2")
Design: So-called pagi-sore, 'morning-afternoon', design: top and bottom are entirely different. Top half displays repeats of the Dutch coat of arms, a traditional Sumba motif symbolizing power. Bottom half displays portraits of crowned Queen Wilhelmina (busts) and mounting lions, similarly expressions of the wearer's desire to emanate power. Wide kabakil (woven borders) with lions and mamuli, earrings used by nobility. Slight yellowish, kayu kuning tinge.
Comment: Queen Wilhelmina motif in beautiful pagi-sore arrangement. Pleasant palette, and good, clean weaving. As it is pagi sore, it has double the number of bindings of a normal Sumba hinggi with mirrored panels, given the complexity of the pattern and the five different shades probably close to 10,000. Uncommonly elaborate kabakil border, executed in warp float weave rather than in plain weave.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and East Sumba.
Compare: 072 019 073
Literature: Part resemblance to hinggi from 1940s in Reedijk, c.s., Decorative Arts of Sumba, depicted on p. 132.
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