Jevon & Sherlynn
The Minangkabau are famous for its traditional dress and women’s traditional headdress. The traditional dress consists of silk robes with metallic thread woven into the material. The silk robes are made with the handlooming of silk kain songket, woven with a supplementary weft of foil thread, which creates a gleaming metallic design. As the old kain songket decay, the valuable threads are picked out and recycled. The women's traditional headdress is a turban with sharp conical points called Tikuluak-tanduak, which resemble buffalo horns.
Bryan & Fiona
Zong Tang & Lavrina
Jalvin & Kesleen
Guo Wei & Karen
South Sulawesi is a province located on the south-western part of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Shaped as an orchid, South Sulawesi has approximately 8 million inhabitants. The name of the traditional costume worn by the South Sulawesi people is the baju bodo. it is a traditional costume of the Bugis people from the province. It is a colourful, transparent silk blouse with silk sarong. The colour of the blouse will indicate wearer's status. Unmarried girls will wear light red while older women will wear darker colours.
June, Li Hui & Lynette
Kalimantan is the area in Borneo that belongs to Indonesia. Kalimantan in Malay means the “river of diamonds”. Kalimantan has four provinces, namely the central, southern, western and eastern areas, and is the third largest island in the world. Kalimantan is famous for its’ indigenous Dayak culture. Dayak is a collective name for over 200 ethnic subgroups of Borneo, in Sarawak (Malaysia) and Kalimantan (Indonesia). In the traditional costumes of the Dayaks, the females will wear crowns which is similar to males but smaller. They will also wear sarongs with decorations. For the guys, they will wear special tattoos and decorations such as clouded leopard fang ear plugs.
Rajesh & Nora
Jawa Barat is located on the western side of Java Island. It has an area of 34,736 km2, with an estimated population of around 38 million people. It is one of the most populous provinces of Indonesia. Its capital city is Bandung. The formal costumes for women are Kebaya, soft Batik cloth, harmony shawl, and sandals Selop.
Cai Hong & Yixian
Riau is one of the richest provinces in Indonesia, located in the centre of Sumatra Island along the Straits of Malacca. Being a province with predominantly low relief, its coastal regions are rapidly losing land to the ocean. The Riau Islands were part of Riau until 2004, when they were made into a separate province. The Kain-Kebaya is the national costume of Indonesia. Worn as a blouse-dress combination by women across Java, Sunda and Bali, the Kebaya is derived from the Arabic term Kaba meaning “clothing”. There are two main varieties of the Baju Kebaya, the first being the Kain Kebaya, a semi-transparent straighter cut and more tightly tailored blouse worn on the islands of Java and Bali. An alternative is the Baju Kurung, a plainer, loose-fitting, knee-length long-sleeved blouse worn in the more adherent Muslim areas- including former Kingdom of Johor-Riau (now Malaysia), Sumatra and parts of coastal Java.
It was a few months back when we were having a hard time thinking which elective module we should take. We heard a lot of rumours spreading around that Bahasa Indonesia language is a definitely must take module. And true enough, we really love this module. We can learn this language at an accelerated pace and yet enjoy the interactions with our classmates and Ibus in class. This project has allowed us to learn so much about traditional costumes in Indonesia. The project D-day has been a big exposure for all of us. We truly wish to thank all the Ibus in charged of us for this project: Ibu Idrianti, Ibu Lucia and Ibu Johanna. Love ya all. =)
Behind the scenes
Support team of Traditional Costume Project
How can we forget about the video!!.. thanks to the photographers for the video and wonderful pictures and the logistic team for assisting out the Ibus. =)
hope you had enjoyed the stay in this blog.
Syofiardi Bachyul Jb (20/03/2009), The Jakarta Post, Behind the Golden Headdress
Ricklefs (1991), Taylor, Jean Gelman (2003). Indonesia: Peoples and History. Yale University Press. pp. 325