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Jakarta Post

Sarong never loses popular appeal

  • Sudibyo M. Wiradji

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 18 2019   /  02:50 am

Looking good: Wearing a sarong, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (front right), accompanied by Salahuddin Wahid (front left), a cleric and a leader of the Tebuireng Islamic boarding school, tours the Museum Islam Indonesia in Jombang, East Java. The President inaugurated the museum on Dec. 18, 2018. (JP/Aman Rochman)For centuries bygone, the sarong has stolen the limelight. Now efforts are underway to revive its fashion heyday.The sarung or sarong, a large piece of fabric wrapped around the waist, remains fashionable despite the change of times.The centuries-old sarong culture has developed in many countries, not only Indonesia, each with its own special name. The man’s wrap is called Futah, Izaar, Wazaar or Ma’awis in Yemen; Wizaar in Oman; Phanex, Lungi and Mundu in India; Longvi in Myanmar etc. India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Brunei Dar...