4Known as Ibu (mother in Indonesian), her husband started a Pesantren (Boarding School) in Cirebon. After his death, she runs it with her sons and daughter. She is the matriar
ch of the family. She can sing beautifully and attracts children to Islam by reciting beautiful verses of the Quran. She is a bold woman, and speaks her mind. (Cirebon)


This is the Batik Girl Roadshow leader Lusia Efriani. She organised to employ and train women ex-prisoners to make and sell dolls as a means of creating a new and productive life after release. (Jakarta)


7Pangeran Sultan Arif Natadiningrat. The Sultan of Cirebon comes for a long line of ancestors related to Sunan Gunungjati. He talked about his past, educated us on the great work Sunan Gunungjati did by spreading Islam and who would take over him once he’s gone. It was a pleasure to meet Indonesian royalty.  (Cirebon)
8Ustadh Ibnu. “My wife studies as well as being a mother. Her mother looks after the baby when she is studying. Caring for your child is important, however I also believe Education is important. This is why I encouraged my wife to study. Not all Indonesian men have this mindset, it depends on the man.” (Cirebon)


12Puat’s daughter was in a bit of a mood, but for a slight moment out of nowhere, she caressed her father’s face and then returned to hating on me for ruining her daddy-time.





5Satu. Satu means one. His name is One. He was one of the respected Palace workers, well dressed and greeted guests. He gave us a tour of the museum as we waited to see the Prince of Cirebon. He came up to just below my shoulders, but he was quite a dynamic man!2

At the Palace of the Sultan of Cirebon, this man was sweeping the leaves. He looked pretty chill, smoking a ciggie whilst brooming the leaves. (Cirebon)


6“These fathers gave up everything for their children to be educated.” These fathers sat behind as their children had their memorisation of the Quran tested. They are so proud of their kids.(Cirebon)