Modern Day Javanese Girls

Jul 9th, 2008, in Society, by

Modern day Javanese girls showing off their bras and underwear willy nilly, and the position of Javanese culture today.

A recently staged art exhibition in Yogyakarta entitled “Jawa Baru” (New Java) featured the works of about twenty painters, all on the topic of what direction Javanese life and culture seems to be heading.

One work, “Java Clubber” by Aji Yudalaga, featured a girl perched on a Jakarta reg. motorbike (but not a Vespa), bra straps and white with multi-colored polkadots underwear visible, presumably about to head off for a night of partying. That was just how many modern Javanese girls are today, it is suggested.

Java Clubber
Java Clubber.

Meanwhile two works by Arya Panjalu, “Jawa Bukan Jawara” and “Lonely Hero”, were intended to lash the arrogance of Javanese people. “Lonely Hero” shows the Pandawa knight Bima, crying out pathetically “This is Java!”, (he’s imploring others to submit themselves to anything and everything Javanese, apparently). gatra

Curator Rain Rosidi said by “Java” what was meant was not restricted to ethnically Javanese people alone, partly because Javaneseness has already clearly been influenced by external forces.

8 Comments on “Modern Day Javanese Girls”

  1. bukakelambu says:

    Instead of wearing multi-colored polkadots underwear javanese girls should wear thongs instead, its much more sexier to see whale tails than childish polkadots pattern on their behind (my apologies if it sounds too misogynistic, I hope it’s not cos I’m not a misogynist and I love womenfolk, peace!)

  2. matthew says:

    hmm, some of us like our girls not too slutty…. that’s the appeal rather than the jaded all-knowing Western woman.

  3. Purba Negoro says:

    And what if one spies a young lady wearing nipple-high grand-ma undies?

  4. Emilio says:

    Go girls

    easy is my bread and butter

  5. Peter says:

    I still feel like half of these girls are somehow going to be classic-looking Ibus when they’re 50.

    And there is a distinct absence of thongs here. I don’t mind though, as long as the undies don’t look like something straight from an obral bin.

  6. DisgustedbyKemunafikan says:

    Emilio, shame on you. If you got nothing to say, say nothing.

    Western-like modernism is so appealing. Easy care attitude is somewhat giving rush for being rebellious. Indonesia is not the only one changing.

  7. Jingga says:

    Let’s not forget, the traditional dances have always been sexy and inviting…

    If Indonesia can be at peace with its own tradition and culture, not enforcing a minority religious interpretation onto everyone, and let traditional culture flourish without so much of the self-righteous, aggrandizing, moral highway that are taught to us as school children, maybe today’s youngsters don’t have to work so hard to copy the latest hiphop fashion.

    Jennifer-Lopez who? My girl can jaipong harder and hotter, but that’s beside the point.

  8. Purba Negoro says:

    Poco-poco is the sexiest of course

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