A sarong or sarung is a large tube or length of fabric, often wrapped around the waist and worn as a kilt by men and as a skirt by women throughout much of South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, and on many Pacific islands. The fabric most often has woven plaid or checkered patterns, or may be brightly colored by means of batik or ikat dyeing. Many modern sarongs also have printed designs, often depicting animals or plants [wikipedia].

Indonesia is a very beautiful and rich country. Indonesia have a gazilion tradition, food, dance and also textiles, including saroong. For me, nowadays, batik is already bored me. Everyone wear batik in every where and every occasion. Me, who loves brigth and cheerful color, somehow fallin love with saroong (or sarung), especially Bugis or Samarinda saroong. I didn’t say that I hate batik, but we [Indonesian] people have to open our eyes in any option, we have so many kind of traditional textile like ulos from North Sumatra, we also have Songket from West Sumatra and Palembang, we have batik almost in avery city in Java, we have a tenun ikat from NTT, Bali an other city, and Saroong from Kalimantan. We have to what we exactly have, so other country can’t take it easily from us.

With so many kind of patterns, colors and texture, saroong can be used for an old fashion style or in a fancy way. Who said that Indonesian don’t have a good tartan? Saroong it is… :D


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