Hinggi Kombu ikat from East Sumba, Indonesia, was handwoven during the beginning of the 20th century.
A hinggi is a man's ceremonial mantle; this particular type is named hinggi kombu after the dye-stuff used to make the red dye, and is uniquely woven on the island of East Sumba. The blue is derived from indigo, and the red from the mengkudu root.
The design is a mirror image of itself, which can be read in both directions and from side to side. The central geometric motif is named habak, a common center motif for ikats that was once a symbol of royalty. The larger motif above and below the habak is the Dutch coat of arms, a design that was introduced after the Dutch colonial invasion of Sumba and reserved for the ruling elite. It was common for Sumbanese nobility to adopt foreign motifs into its dress as a symbol of alliance with foreign powers. The figures on the bottom orange bands are horses, which are very important animals in Sumbanese culture.
In excellent condition, with no signs of wear. Very finely woven, this textile has a light and airy handle showcasing the incredible skill and expertise of the weaver.
Size: 2'1" x 8'4" [63.5cm x 254cm]
Age: Q2 20th Century (1925-1950)
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Type of Textile: Ikat
Pile Height: Flatwoven
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