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Jakarta Post

Jakarta's 'sad clowns': Boon for costume businesses

  • Adi Renaldi


Jakarta   /   Sat, February 27 2021   /  01:00 am
The costumed busking business is a relatively-affordable option for those wanting to try a new profession without much cost. (JP/Adi Renaldi)

Part 2: Thriving costume business It isn't all tragedy, however. On the supply side of the informal badut jalanan (street clown) sector, costume retail and rental businesses have actually been thriving during the health crisis. Facebook Groups selling new and secondhand costumes see thousands of users looking to buy or sell costumes. One such group is Jual Beli Aksesoris Badut Se Indonesia (buy/sell clown accessories in Indonesia), which has at least 1,700 members. Costume producers and suppliers are ready to ship their products across the archipelago, and the choices are endless. Looking for Marvel superhero costumes? Check. Want a bespoke costume? Check. Prices range from Rp 500,000 to Rp 3 million, depending on the complexity and quality of the costume. Secondhand costumes come for much cheaper, so are a more affordable option for people turning to performing as badut ...