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Getting to know the traditional architecture of Karo people

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Jakarta, IO – Visitors view works on display at University of Indonesia’s (UI) Ekskursi Arsitektur: Tanah Karo at the Emiria Soenassa Gallery, Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM), Jakarta, Monday (15/1).

The exhibition will run until January 21 to showcase the results of UI research and documentation regarding the architecture and culture of society in Karo regency, North Sumatra. These include replicas of traditional houses, photos of the residents’ daily lives and traditional clothes commonly worn by Karo women.

The architecture featured are Nakka House, Siwaluh Jabu and Losd (Village Hall) made of timber and palm husk, and river stone foundation, which were built based on an agreement from entire village. The construction process starts from laying the base of the house following a ritual to ask for the blessing of the Almighty and ward off misfortune.

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In the Karo community, a house is inhabited by several families, where the placement of the jabu is regulated according to customary norms. The shape looks very majestic with horn-like roof structure.

The process of building and living in a traditional house is governed by Karo elders.

(IO/Septo Kun Wijaya)

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