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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia
 

073 Sumba, East Sumba


Hinggi (men's blanket)microscope  magnifier



Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Kanatang.
Period: 1930-1945
Yarn: Cotton, wheel spun, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 117 x 284 cm (3' 10" x 9' 3")
Weight: 1010 g (35.6 oz), 304 g/m2 (1.00 oz/ft2)
Design: Eight full lengths portraits of crowned Queen Wilhelmina surrounded by crowns and climbing lions. Midfield with patola-inspired jilamprang motifs. Dark and light indigo and morinda red on ecru.
Comment: Exceptionally large hinggi featuring Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, the last colonial power figure, featured sitting straight up as in a gala photograph, surrounded by lions and other Dutch heraldic symbols. The central section has a patola inspired pattern, clearly modeled after jilamprang, which on Sumba is reserved for use by royal families. Clean weaving and strong colours. Very well preserved. [Image shows just a little over half of the cloth. Note that the kababil border, was done in red white and blue, the colours of the Dutch flag.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Sumba and/or East Sumba.
Published: Carpet Collector 1/2016
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