East Sumbanese Hinggi Kombu Ikat Textile - 2' x 7'5
Hinggi Kombu Ikat from East Sumba, Indonesia, 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 centre motif for ikats, and was once a symbol of royalty. The other figures are animals like horses and cockatoos, both commonly found animals in Sumbanese weaving.
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.