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These eye-catching Jalan Jalan black and white buttons will strike a chord with any Bali traveller looking to scrapbook their vacation photos.

If you've spent time on the Island of the Gods or further abroad in Indonesia or Malaysia, you will know the meaning of these words in the local language:

jalan jalan (verb, Bahasa Indonesia or Malay): unhurried wandering or meandering; to go for a leisurely stroll.

If you happen to be taking one of those leisurely strolls on the island, you'll very likely be asked: “Mau ke mana?” which means “Where are you going?” You quickly learn that “jalan jalan” is a most satisfactory reply.

I designed the buttons and chose these colours because they're so prevalent on Bali. They appear everywhere, from the mini sarongs worn by fearsome statues standing guard in front of offices, hotels, and restaurants to the garb of the pecalang (traditional security personnel). The trunks of trees where spirits dwell and even roadside kerbs bear the colours.

That's because the Balinese see everything in terms of opposites – good and evil, day and night, black (hitam) and white (putih).

The buttons should therefore coordinate well with your photos and provide a charming reminder of your happy holiday.

They're made exclusively for me in Bali from coconut shell, a sustainable product.

They'll be shipped in “campur” packs of 3 black and 3 white buttons but if you prefer all one colour, please put a note in Message to Seller during Checkout specifying whether you want black or white.

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AT A GLANCE
Diameter: Approx 25mm (1 inch)
Thickness: Approx 2mm (may vary)
Pieces per pack: 6
Material: Coconut shell, paint
Colours: Black (hitam) and white (putih)
Colourant: Please note that while I have been told the paint used is oil-based, I have not been able to determine if there is any lead content. Either way, they are not suitable for small children.
Shipping: These buttons will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly have to sign for them on delivery. You can get better value on postage by adding other items to your order. I refund on overpayments in excess of $1.
Extra info: The thread, Balinese parking stub and Baliku keychain shown in my photos are not included. The paintwork is screenprinted by hand and there may be slight imperfections. You can safely throw any garments bearing these buttons in a washing machine. The paint stays put and the buttons won't buckle.

BACK STORY
The black and white checked fabric used so prevalently around Bali is called kain poleng. It is woven or printed on white cloth. The woven textile also has grey squares where the warp and weft intersect, reflecting that you can not have good without evil.

In their unique culture, the Balinese continually strive for balance between the two, making offerings several times a day to the gods and the spirits of the netherword.

Unlike the rest of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation state, Hinduism is the predominant religion on Bali. It's a “hybrid Hindu”, strongly influenced by Buddhism and animism, a belief that souls or spirits exist not only in humans but in the natural environment - plants and animals, mountains and rivers, thunder and lightning.

If a poleng has a red edge – like that worn by lively kecak dancers - it represents the Trinity, Brahma, Wisnu (Vishnu) and Siwa (Shiva). Poleng is not generally used to adorn shrines, other than those dedicated to Durga, goddess of death.

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Jalan Jalan 25mm Black and White Buttons 6pcs

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Overview

  • Materials: coconut shell, paint
  • Ships worldwide from Indonesia
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