Papuan ‘Hodgepodge’ in the Kaesang-Erina’s Pre-Wedding Photo – Pre-wedding photos of Kaesang Pangarep and Erina Gudono caught the attention of netizens. Of the many traditional clothes, it is from Papua taking the most attention.

Kaesang and Erina uploaded pre-wedding photos using several traditional clothes. Starting from Dayak, Gorontalo to Papua.

The Papuan clothes worn are taken from the Dani tribe. This tribe lives on a plateau called the Baliem Valley.

The concept of traditional clothes used by Kaesang is very beautiful and amazing. But unfortunately, the use of this traditional dress was corrected by netizens, especially those who are native Papuans.

Kaesang is seen wearing a Sali skirt, which is a special dress for Dani girls. In fact, men of the Dani tribe use a koteka instead of a Sali skirt.

“The clothes they both wear are Sali, a kind of skirt for unmarried Dani girls. Dani men wear a koteka,” said Hari Suroto, a BRIN archaeological researcher.

Apart from the sali skirt, the use of Kaesang’s facial makeup was also considered inappropriate by Hari. The decoration on Kaesang’s face is not characteristic of the Dani tribe but is typical of the coast.

“The Dani usually only know the colors red, brown, black, white. Even that is smeared all over the body or face, it’s not described like that,” he said.

On the body of Dani men there are kare-kare in the form of a headdress like a crown made of red or white bird feathers. There is also a Kinisi or Puali, a headdress made from the feathers of an eagle or parrot or white stork. Decoration on the nose in the form of pig tusks or called Wam Esi.

Not only that, there is also a white face decoration on the forehead called Herabuak, accessories made of dog tail hair on the left and right arms are called Yeke Esi, and decorations on the chest such as ties are called Walimo.

The back does not go unnoticed, there is an ornament made of eagle feathers called sawusa and traditional men’s clothing in the form of a Holim or Koteka.

The accessories for Dani women are in the form of a headdress such as a crown of yellow flowers called Holusogom Eken, accessories on the neck and chest (a kind of necktie made of bark) are called Zion or Tipar.

“The traditional skirt for a girl is called a Sali and the traditional skirt for Dani women who are married is called a Yokal. For Dani women who are married, usually the ends of the other are tied,” continued Hari.

Hari regretted the ‘hodgepodge’ in the traditional Papuan clothes worn by Kaesang. For him, it would be better if Kaesang chose the typical clothing for men from the coast in northern Papua.

“Kaesang should have worn a typical coastal Noken so that it fits. The headdress, skirt and Tifa are just proper, only the Noken worn is a typical mountain Noken,” said Hari.

On the other hand, if Kaesang and Erina want to wear a typical mountainous Noken like the one in the photo, Sali and Koteka are the right pair. “So what they use is a ‘hodgepodge’ of terms, the important is the Papuan culture,” said Hari.

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