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Photo exploration of traditional Asian paper kites


  • Asian kites
    A pictorial journey
  • The making of kites
    is an Asian tradition
    that is many centuries old.
    The Chinese claim they invented
    the kite approximately
    2,800 years ago .
    Clive Hart and Tal Streeter
    hold that kites made from large leaves existed far
    before that time in Indonesia.
    Kites are flown in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Tibet, China and Japan.
    Kites have been used for
    warfare, signalling,
    fishing and play,
    including kite fighting.
    Many designs are now traditional,
    and are works of art.
    Semi or cicada
  • Asian kites
    are traditionally
    made from paper
    and bamboo.
    The drawback is
    they are easily torn.
    Others are made from
    silk, and today from
    synthetic materials
    such as ripstop nylon.
  • Some require
    tails for balance,
    while others
    do not.
    Many Asian kites
    do not require
    a tail.
  • Designs and shapes
    are inspired by nature,
    people and family crests
  • This kite has a body which is rounded,
    and the wings can be folded up when not in use.
    Folding wing sections have bamboo
    struts that slot into place.
  • The paintwork is exquisite
  • Designs include huge lifelike
    Insects like this one
  • Some kites are
    made by
    master kite makers,
    and include features
    like revolving eyes
    or whistles and
    wind flutes
  • This circular Japanese kite ,
    with open mouth like a Korean kite, is shaped
    like a cultural delicacy, Fugu or globefish.
    This kite originated in 1961 in Shimonoseki,
    Yamaguchi prefecture.
  • The circular kite shape is
    used to great effect in dragon
    or caterpillar kites
  • Kite reels can be small
  • Or huge
  • Depending on the size of the kite
  • Some portray
  • Others a
    clan or family crest.
    Hatalike this are built
    In Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyushu
    This is a very agile kite
    capable of flying at amazing speeds.
    It is equipped with cutting devices
    such as porcelain, glued to the line
    below the bridle by means
    of egg white, rice
    or other natural adhesives,
    for use in kite fighting.
  • Kites are made from
    cheap local materials
    and are affordable.
    A child or a master
    craftsman can make one.
    They make for
    wonderful colourful
    community festivals
  • This enormous
    Japanese kite
    would need
    a team of handlers.
    Many regions
    hold kite festivals
    where local kites
    can be displayed .
    In Afhghanistan,
    kite flying is a popular game,
    and is known in as
    Some kite fighters pass their strings
    through a mixture of ground glass powder and glue.
  • Windsock shaped kites
    are displayed on 5th May - Boys Day.
    In Japan, the carp which swims upstream
    against strong currents, is seen as a
    sign of manliness and strength.
    On Children's Day,
    the carp-shaped streamers
    called "Koinobori or "satsuki-nobori
    are flown in honor of the nation's sons
    in the hopes they will stay
    healthy, strong boys.
  • A kite is
    a childs toy,
    a cultural icon,
    and a work of art
  • For more information about kites,
    Why not visit these internet sites:
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