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Blangkon , Java ,Indonesia.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

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This time I want to give an article about an outfit typical of Java, want to know more about this article? but before I read the first post that I posted two days ago. Gua Gong , Java , Indonesia.
Blangkon is headgear used by men as part of a traditional Javanese dress. Blangkon actual practical form of iket which is a headgear made of batik. No history can explain the origin of man wearing a headband Java or headgear is.

no ancient Javanese society, there is a story about Aji Soko. In this story, the existence iket head has also been called, when the gods defeated Aji Soko Cengkar, a giant ruler of the land of Java, just by holding a kind of turban to cover the entire land of Java. And as we know, Aji Soko later known as the creator and formulator of the beginning of Java that began in 1941 years ago.

There are a number of theories that is the influence of the use of blangkon, Hindu and Islamic culture absorbed by the Javanese. According to experts, the Muslims who go to Java consists of two ethnic Chinese are descendants of the Chinese mainland and Gujarat traders. Gujarat traders are Arabs, they always wear a turban, which is the length and width of cloth tied around their heads. Turban is a Java inspire people to wear iket heads like the arab descent.

There is another theory which came from the elders who said that in antiquity, iket head turban is not permanent like always tied to the head. But with the economic crisis caused by the war, the fabric becomes an item that is hard to come by. Therefore, palace officials asked artists to create a headband that uses half the usual for efficiency then creates a permanent form of head cover with a cloth called blangkon more efficient.

In antiquity, blangkon it can only be created by skilled artists with grip (rules) standard. The more fulfilling grip set, then it will be higher blangkon value. An expert has examined the cultural named Becker Blangkon manufacturing procedures, it appears that the manufacture blangkon requires a skill called "virtuso skill". According to her: "That an object is useful, that it required skill to make-virtusou Neither of these precludes it from also thought beatiful. Some craft generete from within their own tradition a feeling forr beauty and with it appropriete aesthetic and common standards of taste ".

Assessment of beauty blangkon, apart from meeting the standard are also depending on how far a person will understand the taste and standard provisions that have become social standards. Policies for blangkon grip, was not only to be followed by the manufacturer, but also by its users. As expressed by Becker as follows: "By accepting beauty as a criterion, Participants in craft activities on a concern characteristic of the folk definition of art. That definition includes an emphasis on beauty as typified in the tradition of some particular art, on the traditions and conserns of the art world itself as the source of value, on expression of someone's thoughts and feelings, and on the relative freedom of artists from outside interference with the work ".

Blangkon principally made of cloth iket Udeng rectangular or square. The size is approximately 105 cm wide x 105 cm. Used actually only half cloth. Size blangkon taken of the distance between the latitude of the right ear and left through the forehead and through the top. In general, the smallest numbered 48 and 59 at most. Blangkon consists of several types, namely: Using mondholan, the bulge on the back blangkon shaped like Onde-onde. Blangkon is referred to as blangkon Yogyakarta style. This bulge haircut signifies the time that men often tie their long hair at the back of the head, so that part is sticking out at the back blangkon. Coil should be tight so that the hair is not easily separated.

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