Hinggi kombu (man's ceremonial mantle or hip cloth) - ROM2008_9771_5


Hinggi kombu (man's ceremonial mantle or hip cloth)

Medium:Cotton tabby with warp ikat design
Geography: Eastern Sumba Island, Indonesia
Date: 1900 – 1925
135 x 118 cm
Object number: 956.63.17
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. J. Langewis
Not on view

Hinggi are made and worn in pairs, one draped over the shoulder, the other wrapped around the hips. Each is made from two identical panels which are dyed to create the design in mirror image, both vertically and horizontally. The panels are then sewn together to create a single symmetrical cloth. The traditional animal and plant designs are inspired by nature. The repeated motif of the andung (a skull tree found in a royal village) symbolizes victory over enemies.

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