Indonesiainside.id, Jakarta – Simple but has an inner message, according to fashion observer and fashion designer from the Indonesian Fashion Chamber (IFC) Lisa Fitria assessing the impression that arises when she sees President Joko Widodo wearing traditional Baduy clothing outside the MPR Annual Session, Joint Session of the DPR-DPD RI in the Building MPR/DPR, Jakarta, this Monday.
“We see that the dress is very simple, besides being comfortable because the design is very simple, it has quite a deep meaning,” said Lisa to ANTARA on Monday.
From a visual perspective, the outfit, named “Jamang Sangsang”, consists of a top with buttons on the front, long sleeves and black pants. This dress is made from natural fibers such as cotton or linen.
Jamang Sangsang’s clothing is different from the Baduy Tribe in that they still maintain the standard, namely shirts without buttons, stitches and dominated by white. The headband is also white.
“The neck to the chest does not use a collar, no pockets and buttons are the original grip. But what you are wearing, the outer Baduy clothing already has buttons, it has been modified,” he said.
Some people call Jamang Sangsang the Outer Baduy Tribe as a “kampret” shirt because it no longer follows the original standard.
Then, like the outside Baduy people who can be found in Kanekes Village, Leuwidamar, Banten, the President also wears a telekung or headband which is also called a dark blue and black “concert” with batik motifs.
This batik motif is obtained from the flora or plants that grow around the people living.
The president also wears a bag called a “koja” or “jarog”. This bag is an integral part of the outside Baduy, serving as a place to store the equipment they need.
As footwear, the President wears rope sandals. In the Baduy community, these sandals are usually made from water hyacinth plants, banana midribs or using plants that they grow or are around them.
Speaking of impressions, Lisa argued, the President’s authority radiated through this dress. He also looks comfortable with a simple design but has a deep meaning.
“Father’s authority is extraordinary, so this way it looks more sacred. Until the goosebumps. That simplicity makes you more religious. From a spiritual point of view, you can see his charisma,” he said.
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This is not the first time the President has worn traditional ethnic clothing in Indonesia while attending the MPR Annual Session and the Joint Session of the DPR-DPD RI.
A year ago, President Jokowi wore traditional Sabu clothing from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) with gold and black shades for shirts and pants. The same color is also used for the headband.
Lisa assessed that at that time the appearance of the President looked charismatic and dashing. The choice of basic colors and motifs made his clothes look luxurious by wearing them that adhered to the standard.
Meanwhile, in 2019, the President wore a blue suit combined with a red tie and black cap when giving a speech at the MPR Annual Session, then he changed his clothes to the traditional Sasak clothes, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) or called pegon during the Joint Session of the DPR-DPD.
The pegon dress that the President was wearing at that time was also golden in color with a matching headband. There is a keris that is tucked into songket cloth or called leang.
This time, the President chose simple outer Baduy clothing. Not without reason, Jaro Saija, prepared by the Indigenous Elder of the Baduy Community and the Head of Kanekes Village, Banten, Jaro Saija, is considered to have a simple design.
He wore this as well as a form of respect and appreciation for the nobility of the traditional values and culture of the tribe living in Lebak Regency, Banten Province.
“The clothes I wear are the traditional Baduy clothing. I like it because the design is simple, simple and comfortable to wear,” said the President at the end of his state speech at the MPR R Annual Session and the DPR-DPD RI Joint Session.
According to the President, this also shows Indonesia as a pluralistic nation that has extraordinary cultural wealth. This plurality is said to be an all-powerful force to achieve Advanced Indonesia.
In terms of messages, according to Lisa, the President seemed to convey the hope that the Indonesian people would follow the example of the Baduy people who respect nature and culture.
He also said, during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been more than a year old, people are also asked to get closer to God Almighty, reviving the spiritual side that may be a little marginalized.
What the Baduy did in fact bears sweet fruit. In addition to nature that is still sustainable, there were no cases of COVID-19. as in other parts of the country.
“Hopefully the meanings will be conveyed and the community will automatically follow because you are a role model,” he said.
The expert on gestures and microexpressions from the Association of Forensic Psychology (APSIFOR), Monica Kumalasari also expressed the same thing. He, on a separate occasion, said that the traditional clothes worn by the President are called pasemons, which are symbols to convey certain messages to the public.
Monica also said that this Baduy shirt symbolizes simplicity which has resulted in zero COVID-19 cases. According to him, the people there follow and respect the customary leader. They are also in their lives close to nature and isolated as is the condition of everyone in the current pandemic.
In addition, the Baduy people also tend to follow a healthy lifestyle. The absence of electricity allows people to get enough sleep.
“These are things that I want to convey to the community so that they can imitate the Baduy community,” he said. (Ant/Nto)