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Tidung Tribe Traditional clothes

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Welcoming the 75th anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia, Bank Indonesia issued a special Rupiah currency banknote with nominal Rp 75,000 on August 17.  The banknote is dominated by red, white and green colors. The theme and philosophical meanings are to be grateful for independence, to reinforce diversity and to foster a bright future. This theme is illustrated through the currency design which includes the cover page with the proclamation of independence on August 17, 1945 by proclaimers: Soekarno and Mohammad Hatta.

At the back of the banknote currency, it means strengthening independence. The design includes a number of children dressed in traditional customs representing the western, central and eastern regions of Indonesia. One of these traditional clothes is the Tidung tribe traditional clothes.  The Tidung tribe is a tribe that inhabits North Kalimantan province. This tribe is known as the original tribe of Kalimantan and is still part of the Dayak tribe. The traditional clothes displayed are a series of clothing for the groom called ‘Sina Beranti’. Sina Beranti clothes are the only clothes worn when a wedding of ethnic groups who are predominantly Muslim takes place.  

Every ornament on the Tidung tribe's traditional clothes has its own meaning. The crown on the head is called ‘Tanduk Galung’ which means a male cat of three colors. Another ornament is the bracelet or ‘Sulou’ which means refrigerator or Binsaloi in the Tidung language. The leader should have cool hands and not abuse his power. In Sulou, there is a Wapak carving which means prayers so that every decision coming out gets the blessing of the life-giver. On the Tidung bridal arm, there is a bracelet called ‘Kalid’. Kalid is a symbol of defense, a strong fortress for security as well as protection from astral, unseen and mystical creatures. Meanwhile, the hat or crown is called ‘Jamong Punsok Melaka’. Punsok means peak. Melaka what is meant here is pineapple, like the leaves on a pineapple. There is also an ornament center at Jamong Melaka which is in front of an oval shape, such as eggs, leaf plants and flowers.  In the Tidung traditional culture, this egg is a symbol of seed or descent; the leaves and flowers are a symbol of growth and development. Married people will produce offspring that will develop from generation to generation. Meanwhile, the traditional clothes are dominated by yellow. Yellow is the color that is respected, glorified, appreciated and praised in the culture of the Tidung tribe.

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