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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

172 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Period: Late colonial
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 145 x 236 cm (57 x 92.9)
Weight: 645 g (22.8 oz), 188 g/m2 (0.62 oz/ft2)
Design: Classic eleven band field division. The widest ikated bands have been decorated with three pairs of facing horses, snakes, and either shrimp (which in this region have claw-like appendices) or lobsters. The second widest have been decorated with three pairs of facing cockatoos, a hallmark of the court of Kenatang, and small skull trees. The midfield is decorated with patola-inspired patola ratu motif, a prerogative of the nobility. The narrower bands separating the wider show cocks, other birds, and what may represent starfish.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] Early 20th C. hinggi made for the maramba, nobility, in excellent state of conservation. No damage, lively colours. From old Dutch collection.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Sumba and/or East Sumba.
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