Kaki Lima: Crossing Tracks
KAKI LIMA: (Kaki = Feet/Leg; Lima = Five) In literal translation, Kaki Lima means five feet. In Jakarta, the term is often used to describe the ubiquitous street vendors who willingly push their three-legged cart with their strong two feet. With Tulisan, we take you to stroll and commute with us to the streets of the capital, to immerse in your senses and pay attention to the sight, sound, and scent beyond the cityscapes.
Crossing with an abrupt passing of sound. They are kept hidden and obscured often tucked underground. Once there and then gone again. Working unnoticed as they occasionally change tracks to avoid unwelcoming collisions of other vehicles.
Just as she moves in life, these trains and their tracks resemble the encounter she has with people who come into her life, cherish her being, and move to their own ideals. She stays for a loving embrace, a pat of support, and if possible, avoid unnecessary friction of the union.
She becomes a nomad in search for fulfillment, but always return to the familiar who calm her apprehension. Each progression in motion as she take on the trail towards the people who make the day a little less cloudy and her baggage a little more lighter.
She opens a beeping message from her dear friend, “I’m here, waiting for you at our usual meeting point.”
Text by Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar