Blangkon (Javanese Man Traditional Headdress) and Philosophy Value

September 15, 2011 by dwisuka  
Published in Hair

Blangkon is traditional headdress worn by Javanese man. Blangkon is not only a part of Javanese costume, but also contains philosophy values.

Blangkon is traditional headdress worn by Javanese man. It’s made from batik fabric. Blangkon actually is practical shape of iket. Iket is head cover from batik and worn by Javanese man as part of traditional Javanese costume.

There are 2 styles of blangkon generally. Jogja (Yogyakarta) style and Solo (Surakarta style).  Jogja blangkon has mondolan (a rounded form) behind, like egg. Solo blangkon has mondolan behind too, but thin.

Existence of mondolan cannot release from development of Javanese hair fashion. The Javanese men had long hair in the past time. They always rolled their hair in rounded shape behind head and bound tightly. The rounded shape of hair was mondolan. After Western influence entered Java Island, long hair was out of date. Javanese men started to have short hair. Notwithstanding Javanese men in Yogyakarta have defended the rounded shape become mondolan of blangkon as big as egg behind. Whereas Javanese men in Solo have defended the rounded shape become blangkon mondolan but thinner than Jogja blangkon.

Form of blangkon looks neat if looked from front, but not tidy if looked from behind because of existence of mondolan. It’s showed characteristic of Javanese. The Javanese always speaks and behaviors softly and carefully. The Javanese can keep secret very well. They will always try to make the others happy and pleasure. No matter if it hurts their selves. They will always smile although their heart crying. That’s why the Javanese is known familiar and friendly.

Blangkon with mondolan is also a satirical form of contradictory attitude. It’s about someone that always says yes or agree but behind other he will grumble. An employee almost always does it in front of and behind his boss.

 Mondolan at Jogja blangkon

Other ethnic groups in Indonesia also have headdress man like blangkon. Like Sundanese in part of West Java. Madura tribe in Madura Island.

(Images from Google)

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33 Responses to “Blangkon (Javanese Man Traditional Headdress) and Philosophy Value”
  1. ittech Says:

    thanks nice information

  2. galore Says:

    Looks nice, Thanks for the information

  3. dwisuka Says:

    @ittechil & galore: thanks a lot….

  4. SharifaMcFarlane Says:

    Thanks for showing us the meaning of this headdress.

  5. pwchinaga Says:

    nice share.very usefull
    suka kesenian jawa apek mbag.tutoke

  6. siriiiii Says:

    Nice share

  7. dwisuka Says:

    @SharifaMcFarlane: hello Sharifa….
    @pwchinaga: thanks…. iyo wis tak tutoke :)
    @chandrra: thanks a lot

  8. beingwell Says:

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

  9. dwisuka Says:

    @beingwell: thanks and being well :)

  10. Prakash Vaghela Says:

    nice job

  11. Sunjhini Says:

    It’s so nice to know abt different cultures. Nice share

  12. ittech Says:

    nice thanks

  13. megamatt09 Says:

    Extremely informative. Always good to learn new things.

  14. iva75cpb Says:

    Thanks for the interesting read. Looks cute.

  15. juliachild Says:

    great news

  16. erwinkennythomas Says:


  17. Ruby Hawk Says:

    thanks for the information about the Javanese headdress.

  18. dwisuka Says:

    @Prakash Vaghela: Thanks
    @Sunjhini: you right. knowing different culture is very nice
    @ittechil: you’re welcome
    @megamatt09: you right
    @iva75cpb: how are you?
    @juliachild: thanks
    @erwinkennythomas: thank you Sir
    @Ruby Hawk: thanks a lot Sir

  19. rgreenfield Says:

    very interesting… thanks for sharing, dwisuka!

  20. dwisuka Says:

    @rgreenfield: thanks to you too, rgreenfield

  21. Aroosa Hermosa Says:

    Great post.

  22. dwisuka Says:

    @Aroosagloomy: thanks

  23. binyumanyun Says:

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  25. dwisuka Says:

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  27. dwisuka Says:

    @Muhammad Fajar Marthias: thanks :D

  28. Kristie Claar Says:

    good article

  29. dwisuka Says:

    @Kristie Claar: thanks a lot

  30. tenraj Says:

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  31. foxpete88 Says:

    nice one..thanks

  32. dwisuka Says:

    @tenraj: thanks
    @foxpete88: thanks

  33. beingwell Says:

    Not my first time here. Thanks!

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