Each country has different culture, language, custom clothes, and even foods. In Indonesia, there are thousands islands that have their own culture, language, foods, and custom clothes. How rich Indonesia is. From plenty islands in Indonesia, Java is the biggest one. Major inhabitants of Indonesian people lived in Java. In Java Island itself, there are many different culture, languages, and custom clothes. But generally, there are a couple of Javanese traditional clothes for men and women we have to know, kebaya and beskap.
Kebaya is Javanese traditional clothes for women that are looks like blouse. Kebaya usually made of thin fabrics like brocade, lace, and the other else. Kebaya can be worn with sarong, batik, and the other colorful traditional knitwear. The name of kebaya is from Arabian language ‘abaya’ that’s meant clothes. Javanese people believed that kebaya is comes from China, hundreds years ago. From China kebaya is spread to Malacca, Java, Bali, Sumatera, and Sulawesi. After the acculturation about hundreds years, kebaya has been accepted by the culture and local norm.
While for men, Javanese traditional clothes named beskap. Beskap looks like a formal shirt for men. Usually beskap is worn by men to attend formal programs or important programs. Beskap looks like thick shirt, has no folded collar, and usually has dark colors and plain in motif. The front part of beskap is asymmetric with sideways designed buttons (not upright). There is a different cutting on the back part to anticipate if the wearer will bring a wavy double bladed dagger. Beskap is always worn with sarong.
Usually, men and women will wear kebaya and beskap for graduation ceremony, wedding, independent day, and the other important days. For young people, many modern designs of kebaya and beskap are available. Young people can wear their kebaya and beskap with jeans pant and the other stylish clothes for hangout.