The world of fashion is a minefield. Not only do you have to pick your way through an endless range of styles to find one that suits you, but you also have to change these to suit every different event or social occasion. Most people seem to manage okay; for example you don’t see many people wearing hot pants at Royal Ascott, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across a tuxedo at a football match. But there is one fashion question that nobody seems to be able to answer; if women can wear trousers, why can’t men wear skirts?
Well, one organisation in Indonesia is planning to change all that. TWCB, the management company of the UNESCO-listed Borobudur temple, is now requiring all visitors to wear batik sarongs when entering the site. The first question that should be asked of course, is ‘why’? Well according to TWCB’s General Manager, Pujo Suwarno, the reason is two-fold – keeping up traditions and boosting tourism numbers. “The concept of wearing sarongs inside the temple is also a tourist attraction,” Pujo told the Antara news agency last week. But is it really?
Consider for a second; Borobudur is a spectacular 1,200 year-old Buddhist temple. Its main dome is surrounded by 72 statues of Buddha and is decorated with more than 2,500m