Traditional Indonesian clothing
Today in the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we are dressing up to tell you about traditional Indonesian clothing. Are you joining us on this journey?
Due to the influence of multiple cultures throughout the years, Indonesian fabrics have been recognised as the most sophisticated and high-quality ones in the world.
As a multi-diverse country, Indonesia has a wide range of fabrics; each region uses different designs, colours, materials and techniques. Each fabric is known for the technique used in its creation, such as Batik or Ikat. Each design has a particular symbolism, reflecting specific believes and customs.
Traditional Indonesian clothing is usually worn is rural areas; it is not very common finding people wearing these clothes in the big cities. The two main garments are sarong and kebaya.
Sarong is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn by both men and women. There are different colour and design fabrics, saving the best ones for special occasions. Sarongs are made through the batik technique.
Kebaya is the Indonesian traditional blouse. It is usually a button-up long sleeve shirt. It is a very tight garment and it has no collar. Traditional kebaya is semi-transparent showing the torso, so people cover it with a long fabric called kemban or a corset.