I walked through a messy alleyway in Glodok district and came out behind a large building. As I made a U-turn and headed back to the main street, I saw a small room or hut. Inside, a man wearing a songkok was standing. He was puffing a cigarette in the small space. There was a bare bulb hanging in the hut and a few pots and pans. Maybe this was the warehouse of a store somewhere.
The cap he wore was called a songkok. It is the national costume worn by Muslim men in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and southern Thailand, including here in Indonesia. However, as a traveler, it's a pity that I didn't see many people wearing it when I walk around the city, probably because Jakarta is developing.
A similar type of hat worn by Muslims is the Turkish cap. From my point of view, it's confusing that they look the same but have different names. Other hats are similar to those worn in Central Asia called Tubeteyka, or Topi, which is not Muslim but is worn in Nepal. Perhaps the things that humans come up with are similar even though they are far apart from each other.
May 28, 2020
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