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The Dynamic of Betawi in Colors

The Dynamic of Betawi in Colors 


  1. Study Program of Strata 3, Fine Arts Studies, School of Postgraduate Studies,

Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  1. Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  2. Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts, Indonesia Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta, Indonesia



Color is no longer a small issue; it is one of the very important for artistic workers. In daily life, using color is very common and rarely to be observed or pursued deeply, because color as a one of the design element was more digested and processed by feeling, not of thought, so often considered something unimportant. Color is a lot and often used for aesthetic and communication. Without realizing it, color gives special identity to certain things in time, place, and situation of its own. Although widely used in daily life practically, color has symbolic and decorative characteristic in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. These colors become characteristic in every performance of culture and art in Jakarta (Betawi). Betawi have a unique typical codification color that reflects the characteristic of Betawi’s life, however by the presence of massive urbanization in Jakarta, then changed Betawi culture including codification of colors. This research find out how Betawi gives the typical color naming and its relationship with the social cultural circumstance of the moment. And the result also expected to introduction of Betawi color in particular, and also to build a Betawi atmosphere for purposing related to interior, products, and environment.

Key words: color naming, Betawi, culture

Published: Mudra Journal, Journal of Art and Culture, vol 31 no. 3 September 2016, pg 384

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Written By
Mita Purbasari
Research Coordinator | SoD
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