Traders wearing traditional Javanese clothes arrange their wares while selling at Talok Market, Gendeng, Baciro, Gondokusuman, Yogyakarta, Thursday (4/12). The traders in the market sell wearing traditional Javanese clothes every Pahing Thursday in the Javanese calendar as a form of support for the Specialty of DIY. (BETWEEN PHOTOS/Noveradika)
Traders in all traditional markets in Yogyakarta have started a new tradition, namely wearing traditional Yogyakarta clothes every Pahing Thursday as “official” clothes when serving buyers.
“The use of traditional clothing by traders in traditional markets is part of an effort to preserve culture as well as implementation of the privileges of Yogyakarta,” said Head of the Yogyakarta City Market Management Service Maryustion Tonang in Yogyakarta, Thursday.
According to him, the use of traditional clothing by traders in traditional markets can be developed as a characteristic of traditional markets in the city of Yogyakarta as well as support the achievement of the vision, namely traditional markets as centers of economy, tourism and education.
“The use of traditional clothing is an effort to realize the vision in the tourism aspect,” he said.
Maryustion added, although the use of traditional clothing is only an appeal, almost 90 percent of traders have worn it. “Traders don’t seem to mind and they seem happy to wear this traditional dress,” he said.
The use of traditional clothes every Pahing Thursday is carried out based on an agreement with all traditional market traders from 31 markets. Traders have also declared their commitment to wearing traditional clothing on December 3.
Previously, the Yogyakarta City Government had issued a decree regarding the use of traditional Yogyakarta clothing as official attire for all employees every Pahing Thursday.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Sido Rahayu Community which oversees Talok Market traders Sri Sudiyanti said the use of traditional clothing for traders in traditional markets has been conveyed through a circular letter from the Head of the Yogyakarta City Market Management Office.
“Traders don’t mind either because we are used to wearing these clothes in various market activities, such as sarsehan or during campur sari performances,” he said.
Sri even said that traders will make uniforms that are used every Pahing Thursday to support the program.
In the market, which is located next to the railroad tracks, there are 85 traders who are actively trading and there are 120 stalls available.
Meanwhile, one of the traders at Pasar Talok Indrawati admitted that she did not feel bothered even though she had to wear traditional clothes when trading.
“It doesn’t bother me at all because the clothes used have been modified so that they remain practical and comfortable when used. Even for my subordinates, I don’t use cloth that has to be folded myself but cloth that has been sewn so it’s practical,” he said.
The fruit seller also said that he would keep his stall open as usual, at around 06.00 WIB.