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We Are What We Wear

31 Dec

Javanese Cultural Evolution

As Indonesians, we look good in their traditional clothes and textiles. However, we are way too busy trying to copy what we see in MTV. As time goes by, Indonesians view their traditional clothes as “so yesterday”, “old”, as if it should be left behind. Then, when another country says that ‘batik’ is actually traditionally theirs, Indonesians got really angry. Well, where were you people??

It is incredibly irritating to see Indonesians dressed in emo clothing. I’m sorry but I just had to say it. They look really ridiculous. I used to see them walking around in malls, with their eyeliners and skinny jeans. We were made as Indonesians, wear our traditional clothes and textiles, they were created for us! Our ethnicities, our skin colours, they suit us. A long time ago, traditional textiles were worn every day, so we should be able to wear that now too.

When I lived in Australia, I saw African women in their traditional clothing, and Indian women in their saris (much prettier than when they wear miniskirts and tank tops)… and I thought to myself, wow they look beautiful! They look beautiful because those clothes are meant to be worn by them. Why can’t we Indonesians do that too? From that moment I started to believe that we would look better, more beautiful and attractive, if we just…. be ourselves. Be proud of your ethnicity. Wear your traditional clothes… because it just… suitable.

Alexia.

There are a lot of Indonesians who are like this...

What’s Wrong With Having Dark Skin?

31 Dec

What's wrong with dark skin?

Many Indonesian women desire light skin, even though naturally most of us are born with dark skin, and I don’t know why – but it’s been viewed as something.. well.. unattractive. Why does the Indonesian society prefer light skin? Why do we want to look Caucasian? This might sound really weird to Westerners, they want to have our exotic dark skin! Besides, having dark skin means we have less chances to get skin cancer. I’m used to being teased when I was younger, because my skin is quite dark compared to many other Indonesian women (especially those who live in the big cities)… but it didn’t affect me at all. I’m proud of my dark skin. I am Javanese, and so I should have dark skin. It’s a part of my identity. Be proud of your skin colour, you are born with it!

I find it really funny when I walk into a beauty centre and meet these girls who’s skin colours are not necessarily dark, but still want to make it lighter, and they’re willing to do anything for it, including injections! (to me that is a BIG NO NO). What are you doing to yourself? Isn’t it much better to appreciate who you are? Skin, in any colour would look good if you take care of it properly. Love thyself 🙂

Alexia.