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Photo exploration of traditional Asian paper kites

Photo exploration of traditional Asian paper kites

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    • 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.
      Japanese
      ‘Semi’ or ‘cicada’
      kite
    • 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
      legendary
      heroes
    • 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
      GudiparanBazi.
      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 child’s toy,
      a cultural icon,
      and a work of art
    • For more information about kites,
      Why not visit these internet sites:
      • http://www.artisticchinesecreations.com/chinese-kites-history.html
      • http://www.squidoo.com/kitesofasia
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kite
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rl7HSKVzP4
      • .http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~et3m-tkkw/