The Latest in Javanese Formal Wear

Of the 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia, the island of Java is THE island and the heart and soul of Indonesia.  Everyone is very proud of their island or region but it seems those from Java (especially Central Java) are extra proud of that fact and are quick to point out that Java “rules the roost” in Indonesia relative to politics, art, design, music, culture, language, etc.   The Javanese language is considered very formal and the language of royalty.

Central Java even has it’s own distinctive dress.  Now all Indonesian provinces and regions have their own music, language (over 7,000 languages here) art, etc. but Central Java seems to have the reputation of being ahead of everywhere else.

On a recent trip to Jogja, our driver/translator Rian convinced us to go to his home and take some pictures with us in traditional Javanese formal wear complete with wedding makeup for DeeAnn.  Since his mother used to do this for locals, we agreed.

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It starts…

 

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First the hair….

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Then the makeup…

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Then the dress…

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And the shoes….

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The finished product – not full-fledged wedding attire, but getting there…

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Then it was my turn…

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Rian’s mom

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Rian

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Every properly-dressed Javanese man carries a dagger in his belt.

We really enjoyed our venture into Javanese culture with their traditional dress!  If that wasn’t enough, she insisted on fixing us lunch!

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2 responses to “The Latest in Javanese Formal Wear”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Pretty fancy!

    Like

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