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153 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Village unknown.
Period: 1975
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 145 x 261 cm (4' 9" x 8' 6")
Design: Kings, wearing mamulis and crowns, other human figures showing ribcages and seeming to give birth to monkeys; mounting lions, snakes, cocks and skulls.
Comment: Kain rajah. Visually striking piece, well executed; strong, lively colours. Yarn slightly coarser than most Sumba kains.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and East Sumba.
Literature: Similar to cloth depicted in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 9, excepted that here we see local kings instead of foreign queens. Same borders with rows of skulls.
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