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Ikat weaving

Museum number:
18-1710a-d
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21181710a@2dd
Alternate number:
18-1710
Accession number:
Acc.4658
Object count:
4
Description:
Shoulder/waistcloth, man’s; cotton warp ikat with brocade band at each long end; two loom widths sewn together; motifs in red, indigo, brown, etc. included horses and mythical dragons; central section contains “patola” motif borrowed from old Indian trade silks. Width 131 cm. Length 278 cm. including fringe. Traditionally used to denote male status. Today worn largely on ceremonial occasions and increasingly produced for the commercial tourist trade in Indonesia “Hinggi” are also essential presentations for a bride’s family in a marriage contract, given to the family of the groom. To the present, these cloths are crucial in funerals, enfolding corpse and buried with the dead. An elite Sumbanese may be buried wrapped in 150-200 of these cloths. Motifs are particular to family, village, region and personal rank. Dragon on this garment borrowed from Chinese porcelain.
Donor:
Jill Forshee
Object type:
ethnography
Accession date:
October 31, 1994
Department:
Cat. 18 - Malaysia (incl. Indonesia, excl. Philippine Islands)