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Asian kites

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