We all have our favourite fictional characters. But imagine if these characters are wearing our traditional costumes that make them feel closer to home. Hence, two artists have produced their artworks based on fictional characters, reimagined in the traditional costumes of the country these artists came from.
One of the things that make fictional characters memorable is the costumes that they are wearing. The costumes of these characters, together with their background stories and personalities, define them. It also inspires the fans to be creative, either by dressing as their favourite characters or expressing through their artworks. Artists Farah and Candra have created fanart for Disney movies and the series of One Piece characters wearing the traditional costumes of Nusantara (the archipelago of Southeast Asia).
Disney, Farah Daim @Art of FarahDaim
Farah Daim is a freelance artist based in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. She has a deep passion for Malaysia’s folklore tales and histories, and she put her interest in her artworks. Farah latest artworks have female characters from various Disney movies wearing the traditional costumes of Malaysia, as well as both Brunei and Singapore. The characters were dressed accordingly to each state and ethnicities of the three countries. Farah described Disney’s characters in her artworks as foreign tourists visiting the countries while wearing the local's traditional costumes.
One Piece, Candra Dwiyanto @Chancil
Candra Dwiyanto is a graphic artist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In Candra’s social media, he described himself as doing cultural diplomacy through his artwork. Most of his arts, which he referred to as ‘Getchancilized!’, depicts the Indonesian lifestyle drawn in anime style. Candra produced a fanart from the series One Piece, with the artwork’s title ‘The Arc of Nusantara’. This fanart illustrates the Straw Hat Pirate crews dressing in traditional costumes according to Indonesia's ethnicity and regions.
The creative reimagination of existed fictional characters wearing traditional costumes gives us new perspectives on how we see our favourite characters. It expands our fantasies and creates a fanart universe for these fictional characters. Plus, we at least can be proud of our heritage. STAY SAFE!!!