Saturday, 20 May 2017

Let's Go Fly A Kite!

So, one of my 24 before 25 goals is to explore more historical sites in Jakarta and I have been doing pretty much zero exploring since I made that list. I've just been waiting around for a friend who would be willing to come with me, but, honestly, it seems like no one else has the same interest. Since I'm working from home now—which means my weekend can be whatever day I want—I've decided that I'd go explore on my own, maybe one museum a week. Last week I started out with this really beautiful Kite Museum around 30 minutes from my house. It houses various kites from across the country and some from abroad—both traditional and modern ones. The ticket costs IDR 15,000,—which is quite expensive for museum tickets in this country—but it includes a guide, a video screening about kites and a simple kite-making workshop. The place itself used to be a kite studio, then another building—a pendopo (traditional Javanese structure)—was deconstructed and transported from Central Java to house the current main building.

Ask by Asky dress // old top // thrifted loafers // hand-me-down purse // outfit photos by museum guide

The first thing that hit me when I arrived was how cozy and green and breezy the place is. It is actually a complex of houses with a bit of lawn and stone-paved roads in the shape of colourful kites. The Javanese-styled houses transported me out of town in an instant. The people who work there were very friendly. The guide assigned to me knew everything he was talking about, showing me all sorts of kites—even the kind I didn't know existed—and telling me the stories behind each kite in correlation to each culture. He was so nice, in fact, to offer to take my pictures for the blog—I'm forever grateful for what he did. I know, I'm shameless, sorry about that. Aside from kites, they also offer workshops in pottery, batik, wayang painting, mask painting, paper umbrella painting and many more—the cost varies, of course. I would suggest calling in first if you want to join one of the workshops, though—the teachers may not be available.

P.S: Apparently, kites are still very relevant. Wish I was more in tuned with that world.

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