POST A: Indonesian traditional costumes

Design is the process of conveying an idea through reasonable planning, careful planning, and various forms of feeling. Designers get rich inspiration from all aspects. They elaborated the creative process of the work and the meaning contained in it.

The production of Indonesia’s clothing industry has an important relationship with the country’s cultural background and historical factors. People will create different traditional costumes according to local culture and beliefs, so that it can be circulated in the market, so that more foreign tourists can learn about the local traditional culture. For example, Budhi shirt, which is Indonesia’s main traditional dress, has a history of more than 1,200 years. The United Nations has listed “Buddy” as a world intangible cultural heritage. (Mohama salihan, 2011) Buddy shirts have a fairly broad mass base in Indonesia. Badibu patterns in Indonesian provinces and cities are very different. There are abstract and freehand. In short, people in various places have integrated their own living customs, aesthetic tastes, cultural characteristics and religious traditions into Badibu’s design. It is colorful. (Elizabeth, 2015) In recent years, Indonesian designers have begun to break the tradition. Absorbed a lot of reference, boldly reformed the pattern design, color matching, clothing style and other aspects of Badi shirts, innovated, and created a variety of modern Badi shirts that reflect fashion elements.

Buddy shirts are made from batik flower cloth called Buddy and come in a variety of fabrics, including silk and cotton. Although many ancient civilizations in the world have mastered the technology of batik fabrics, only Indonesia has made long-sleeved men’s shirts and women’s sand cages made of badibu as national clothes. This has a lot to do with Indonesia’s natural environment. Buddy fabric is light, breathable, refreshing and free, suitable for tropical wear. In fact, giving Badi shirts such a high status also reflects the wisdom of designers. On the one hand, it demonstrates Indonesia’s cultural heritage and national characteristics. On the other hand, on formal occasions, the other party’s suit and leather shoes, and your buddy shirt, will not only be rude, but will complement each other and meet local etiquette. (Daniel, 2018)

In short, the designers have incorporated their own life customs, aesthetic tastes, cultural characteristics and religious traditions in the design of Badibu, pinning their longing for a better life. Many Indonesians have fun collecting and wearing batik shirts from different regions, and friends often talk about where the other batik shirt comes from. Buddi shirts not only bring people from all regions of Indonesia together, but also reflect local characteristics and cultural diversity. The design of this traditional costume reflects the cultural heritage apart from Indonesia.

Mohama salihan, 2011, Indonesian traditional costume concept, viewed on 18 Dec 2019.

Elizabeth, 2015, Basic tips for Indonesian clothing, viewed on 18 Dec 2019

Daniel,2018,’Different regional styles’ viewed on 18 Dec 2019

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