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Weekly Photo Challenge: Old

An old woman I met was sitting in the kitchen. She’s my friend’s grandma, visited my friend’s house for a wedding ceremony of her grand-daughter. I don’t know her name, neither her age. We just called her “Mbah” simply nickname means “grandma”.

 

Mbah came from a village in Central-Java, crossed the sea to our island in her age. I do believe it is such a strong effort, yet admirable. She spook Javanese with a gently thick accent, acted like an old lady, tend to be calm, groomed, poised but still humble, represent her age and ancient javanese background she preserved.

 

In the following days, I met her, she was wearing Kebaya again. Kebaya is a traditional javanese women dress. We actually have now, modern ones which are more colorful and stylist, but surely for ceremonial event only, not as daily clothes. But she is still wearing the old style ones every day, again, every single day. For me it looks so uncomfortable.

 

I asked her relatives, “Doesn’t she want to change her dress to more comfortable one, such a daster (maternity dress)?”

“She doesn’t want”

“But, why?”

“I don’t know… She just looks like other old lady in her village, kind of an inherited habit… ”

 

I’ve never got the exact reason from her until now. I am wondering how tough she preserves the culture while present women might start to be “take it easy”, and I am thinking whether other old javanese ladies out there do the same thing. and how many? How long? Do you have idea?

 

Hmmm… Interesting and rare.

 

PS: sorry for my poor english!πŸ™‚

26 responses

  1. wajahnya sedikit ada mirip sm mas Prim…
    wkwkwπŸ˜†

    13 April 2011 at 3:46 PM

    • Hhahaha… aku gak ada hubungan darah apapun lho sama keluarga si mbah…

      13 April 2011 at 8:28 PM

  2. I don’t know what the other dresses look like exactly, but in the result of this photo is absolutely beautiful!

    13 April 2011 at 3:47 PM

    • Thanks! Yeah, only Indonesian know that kind of dress…πŸ˜€

      13 April 2011 at 8:26 PM

  3. Wew… kerennn!!!!
    Themanya beda banget mas, nuansa mistik gitu, hihi…πŸ˜€
    nenek itu kayak dukun aja..πŸ˜†

    13 April 2011 at 3:48 PM

    • Kok mistik??? wkakakakaka… serius mbah itu bukan dukun… dan thema itu pertama kali dibilang mistik… *aku kan pengennya terlihat elegan! kok lha mistik! (- -‘)

      13 April 2011 at 8:25 PM

  4. Mas PriM, mau komen oot,,

    Selamat ya Mas, udah nyantol juara di lombanya Pak De Cholik. Alhamdulillah, kita sama2 dapat rejeki..

    Tetap berkarya Mas, salam jepret..!

    13 April 2011 at 7:39 PM

    • Sama-sama ya mas… Hahhahahaha… salam jepret!

      13 April 2011 at 9:26 PM

      • Kalau saya pandang lagi wajah yang di foto, kok mirip almarhummah nenek saya ya? hehe, beneran ini mas.

        14 April 2011 at 3:28 AM

      • πŸ™‚ ihihiihihiii….

        16 April 2011 at 8:40 AM

  5. ada kenalan yang suka banget moto orang tua berumur 80an,
    btw mbah kira2 umur berapa ya

    13 April 2011 at 10:14 PM

  6. It’s also questioned me sometimes. Why do oldies wear old clothes such as kebaya?

    Perhaps the oldies was raised with kebaya in their younger days, which is popular fashion at that time.

    Let’s see 50 years ahead, maybe our generation will be the oldies of wearing tanktop? or distro clothing… hehehe…πŸ˜€

    13 April 2011 at 10:42 PM

  7. mbah udah mlem loh bobo dulu yukπŸ™‚

    13 April 2011 at 10:55 PM

  8. Bagus foto si Mbah …

    Mantap Prima ….

    13 April 2011 at 11:10 PM

  9. Fotonya keren
    si mbah tentu aja ngga mau pake daster
    soalnya pake kebaya lebih kerenπŸ˜€

    14 April 2011 at 1:07 AM

  10. jadi pgn ikutan Weekly Photo Challenge deh, tapi englishku horrible hahaha…

    Tapi, baju kebaya itu buat beliau2 memang pakaian yg paling nyaman Prim, makanya dipake terus, kita aja yg liatnya ribetπŸ˜€

    Ikutan MasBro, selamat udh menang di K3W yaaπŸ˜‰

    14 April 2011 at 8:57 AM

    • mbak, jgn gak pede… ayo temenin aku ikut weekly foto challenge… okey!

      16 April 2011 at 8:39 AM

  11. duh, aku sampe bosen bilang ‘bagus’ top markotop….

    na, gitu dong…masukkan sisi promosi kebudayaan kite…sip sip deh…

    pim, kartu pos bergambar ini juga keren lohπŸ™‚

    14 April 2011 at 9:17 AM

    • πŸ™‚ iya mbak…

      16 April 2011 at 8:38 AM

  12. Fotonya keren mas..

    Jadi inget sama mbah suamiku. Semoga amal beliau diterima disisi Allah. Aamiin..

    14 April 2011 at 9:45 AM

  13. ini bagus bgt lho…
    suer!

    salam kenal yaπŸ™‚

    14 April 2011 at 11:01 AM

  14. fotonya keren Pim
    (emang selalu gituh kok)πŸ™‚
    si mbah sepertinya bayangan masa depanku sebentar lagi ,
    biarpun sepuh tetep kerenπŸ™‚
    (ge er nya si bunda ajah)πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
    salam

    14 April 2011 at 3:32 PM

    • peluk sayang aja buat bunda….

      16 April 2011 at 8:31 AM

  15. I think she is beautiful.

    17 April 2011 at 6:24 PM

    • Yes, she is…

      18 April 2011 at 8:55 AM

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