The dress reflected the colors of the Indonesian flag — red and white. The red color in the costume symbolized the bravery of men from Nunkolo, a sub-district located in Southern Central Timor District of NTT, according to the media communication team for the Indonesian Independence Day celebrations.
The Kaif presents a modified motif of geometrical patterns with a central bar to represent water sources and wavy-edge lines to imitate hilly, winding areas.
Some accessories were added to Jokowi’s attire, including Dester or Pilu, a headband which forms two small horns, symbolic of a "protective king", and, a bag for carrying betel nuts, reflecting the tradition of betel chewing that symbolizes unity and is considered a sign of caring and respect.
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