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Kites in India

 

Kites in India

 

India has a very ancient kite tradition. Most people believe that kites were first brought into India by the Chinese travellers, Fa Hien and Hiuen Tsang but from there the kites have taken their own evolutionary route in India and today Indian kites are almost exclusively fighter kites. They are made of tissue paper and bamboo and almost all Indian kites have a very similar shape – a diamond shaped piece of tissue with a central spine and a single bow. The differences lie in the many patterns and colours used to make the paper sail. But the Indian kite is a superb flying machine, capable of responding to the flyers’ lightest touch, extremely maneuverable and perfectly suited to its function. The generic name for a kite in India is Patang.
  Cody kites

 

It is not known why or when Cody first became interested in kite flying. The stories of Cody being taught to fly kites by the Chinese cook on the cattle trail, must I think, be treated with caution. The first reference found, so far, to his experiments in England is at a kite exhibition held in Carlisle in April 1899, where he flew kites ‘of immense size and square shaped, sent up in tandem fashion one after another on strong steel piano wire. The third or fourth kite had a seat slung from it in which a man sa

  How to Decorate a Wau Kite

 

The name wau kite comes from the shape of the kite. They originated in traditionally muslim countries, like this one, from Malaysia.

The Arabic letter wau (pronounced like its English alphabet cousin, the w, has a shape that would fit into one half of a vertically divided wau kite.

It's shape most closely resembled an English number 9, as in Comic Sans font. So, two nines, set back-to-back, with the tails at the bottom, resemble two wau's in the same positions.

Although ancient kites were used as tools, for fishing, or to make geometric measurements, these wau kites are strictly decorative.

In Malaysia one commonly sees such kites adorning both private homes and shops and public buildings.

 

  The History of Kites in Japan and Other Parts of the World

 

 Whatever the reasons, most kite flyers would agree that flying a kite can be a wonderful "high." We can escape for a moment from our fast-paced world and enjoy the relaxation of feeling our kite ride the wind and watching it decorate the sky.

  Rokkaku flying and fighting

 

The Rokkaku (pronounced roke-cock-coo) is a traditional Japanese bowed kite design. A basic hexagon in shape, it features six corners, a long center spine, and two cross spars. The bridle connects at four or more points, depending on the size of the kite or the engineering skills of the kite maker.

  Sledbook

 

In the world of inventing, glory often goes not to the person who is first with the invention but to he who has the best publicist.Even to the present day there are some that argue about who was first with powered flight. There is no doubt in my mind that the Wright brothers achieved the first human operated powered flight