Lions and Open SpaceSumba Blanket called Hinggi
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Designed for a king, this regal cloth is of an ostentatious length. The textile is worn draped over the shoulder and so that the motifs appear in the front and on the back upright to the viewer. A matching piece is usually worn as a hipcloth.
The prominent lion mahang is derived from the image of rampant lions found on Dutch coins and other Dutch regalia. In the past this motif was only used by members of the royal families, as items bearing the Dutch lions were only presented to these royal families as a symbol of their local authority under the Dutch rule. In this way the mahang motif became a symbol of power, authority and nobility. Since Indonesian independence, people from outside these royal families increasingly used the mahang motif on their textiles.
To maintain the white area on this cloth is a further mark of the importance of this cloth and its use as only a master dyer is able to keep all of these threads white throughout the rigorous dye process.
This stunning textile could be hung on a wall or a throw on a couch.
Warp ikat, two panels sewn together, commercial cotton, natural dyes, kabakil striped edging and twisted fringe. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Sumba, 2021.
310 x 114 cm / 122 x 45 in