Mobile Tailor's Shop

Mobile tailor's shop
Shot in Central Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The man worked on top of a vehicle converted from a Becak and equipped with a sewing machin

I was walking through a place lined with dwellings. There were only locals on the street, there were no tourists like me. This place was a residential area in Jakarta, and it was not a so-called tourist attraction. When I think of Indonesia's tourist attractions, the first thing that comes to mind is Bali. If you look at the tourist guide of Indonesia, you will find that many pages are allotted for Bali. Jakarta may be the political and economic center of the country, but it is not a popular destination for tourists.

Jakarta's true face can be found in the residential area, which is not a tourist attraction to visit. Some people may wonder what I can learn from just walking around, but I think I can see at least one side of the city. There are many opportunities to see such trivial things as local people shopping at such shops, or local children playing in such a way in the residential area.

What I saw at this time was a mobile tailor's shop. I've seen people sewing with sewing machines in many countries, but it's rare to see a tailor who focuses on moving around as I saw here. The tailor uses a becak, a pedicab with a sewing machine, to sew on the side of the road. The place where they usually pick up customers was converted to a sewing machine stand. The man with his feet on the tires was handling the machine with a serious look on his face. Maybe being able to move around is more convenient than setting up a shop. But still, I think you're putting too much effort into being able to move around.


Where is Central Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

September 12, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Street Photography