When it comes to Kartini Day every 21st April, every school kid in Indonesia celebrate it with wearing traditional clothes from all over Indonesia. It was like seeing ‘mini-Indonesia’ in a school, fun, entertaining, and also educating. It’s so peaceful to see such diverse culture holding hands-in-hands, singing together to celebrate what R.A Kartini has done in the past that changed people’s mindset about Indonesia’s women. From Aceh to Java, to Bali, even further to Papua, all regions have their own distinct culture and so traditional clothes. Every student might be able to differentiate some of them, and feel some kind of joy wearing them. It is all done to make them proud and remember Indonesian culture.
However, as we grow up the chance to use or even remember our traditional clothes fade away (well, only some of us). We will have the chance to use it again when we are getting married, as many people still hold tight with the culture and use it as our wedding theme (and again, only some of us do). It’s alright if we don’t have the chance to use traditional clothes because of some circumstances, but it’s not if we forget it completely. Luckily, we still remember it and even encourage our young generation to use it when they have the chances, right?
Lately, our President Joko Widodo like to use traditional cloth from all over Indonesia when he attend an event. It seems that he wants people to always remember our culture, at the opening ceremony of Kriyanusa 2017, he wore traditional Batak clothes from the province of Sumatera. You can see it in the picture, the sarong and hat are made out of ulos fabric. It’s a fabric woven manually from silk yarn. Is there any traditional cloths that you like?
Traditional cloth isn’t just a fabric, a thing that we use to cover our body from heat or cold, it is an identity to our wonderful culture. Although we have different characteristic, we are still one Indonesia, the home of beautiful diversity, the difference that makes us stronger.