Kebaya is traditional wardrobe of Javanese. It's interesting because of its torso and the transparent fabric so that silhouette of woman body will appear nicely. This wardrobe is wore by Javanese as daily outfit in the past year. Nowadays, Javanese wears kebaya in some special occasion only. I think teenager should wear the right kebaya for their age.
On April 21,eachyear, IndonesiacelebratesKartini's Day. Kartiniis one ofIndonesianheroeswho foughtfor femalegender. In her era, Indonesian woman do not have thesamedegreeas men. On Kartini's Day, Indonesia held acarnival. Participantsmustwearthe traditionalcostumesof the35provincesin Indonesia. The childrenare eager tojoin thecarnival.
I alwaysimaginedhavingmyowncreationofIndonesian traditional costumesbut of coursebased on thebasiccostume. Ialwayspray, Indonesia's younggenerationlove to weartraditionalIndonesiancostume.
1. "Baju Bodo" from South Sulawesi (Sulawesi Selatan)
We call it baju bodo from Sulawesi Selatan. The costume consists of simple blouse and sarong. The costume beautifies by the gold accessories; hair, necklace, drop earings, belt, and bracelet.
2. Black Suede Classic Kebaya from Javanese
Black suede classic kebaya was wore by Javanese princess long time ago. It looks classic and elegance. It consists of kebaya and batik (jarik/Javanese fabric). It's more elegance with the companies of gold necklace, earings, bracelet.
3. Dodotan from Javanesse
Long time ago, princess wears this costume; open shoulder, Javanesse fabric, gold accessories, flowers, and up do. Beautiful.
4. Open shoulder Javanese Traditional Costume
5. Bali Traditional Costume
This costume is from Bali - Indonesia. It contains of Bali fabric and gold accessories everywhere. It shows the high value of Bali. Balinese is society who uphold Bali culture. They wear traditional costume everyday, and they are very religious.
6. Costume of Nawang Wulan
This is my description of Nawang Wulan. Nawang Wulan is one of Indonesian tales. She is one of 7 angels who come to the world for a visit. When she and her sisters swim in a pond, her shawl was stolen by a local boy. The problem is the shawl is actually her vehicle to go home to heaven. She couldn't go home. She stays in the world and marries the local boy. After years, she finds her shawl. She leaves the local boy and her daughter to heaven.
7. Minangkabau Woman Traditional Costume
Minangkabau woman traditional costume consists of loose blouse, sarong, salempang, bracelet and special hat. The original of the costume is sewed with gold threat. One of the most interesting part of the costume is the hat. The shape is like buffalo horn. The hat shapes is similar to Minang house called Rumah Gadang. But of course the size fits the head. The shape has a meaning. It shows the greatness of Minangkabau women which is called "Limpapeh Rumah Nan Gadang". Rumah Gadang is the house of Minang. It has several pillars. Limpapeh means the central pillars in a building and centralize all the power of the other columns. When the central pillars of this house fall apart the whole house will fall apart too. It symbolizes that Minangkabau woman is a solid pillar of the family.There are several models of the costume. Here is one of them. Cakep