Kite Geography
      Kites from Around the World


      Michael Alvarez of Perth, Australia, uses his large cellular kite in workshops he presents for school children.

      Alvarez Kite

      Tony Wolfenden lives in Melbourne but travels to kite festivals around the world.

      Wolfenden Kite

      Large Balinese kites have several loud hummers attached.

       Balinese kites

      Heres a picture of a really great kite at the Horseshoe Bay Festival.

       Balinese kites

      Mr. Zecca das Pipas is called the "King Of Kites" in Rio de Janeiro.

       Brazilian Kites

      Robert Trepanier of Montreal, Canada, is known for the haunting faces he paints on his kites.

      Trapanier Kite

      Art Ross of Vancouver B.C. is known for his huge parafoils.

      Ross Kite

      Erick Curtis and Ann Sloboda of Ontario screen print and hand dye all of their kites.

      Boreal Kite

      The Beijing Swallow Kite is often flown over Tianamin Square.

      Beijing Swallow Kite

      Another traditional kite from China is the Weifang Dragon which is flown with as many as 200 cellular panes behind the ornate head.

      Weifang Dragon Kite

      Bogota hosts a popular festivals each spring that draws 100,000 spectators.

      Columbian Kite

      Many unique kites come from throughout the Caribbean.

       Caribbean Kites for Kids

      The International Kite Party on the Danish Island of Fano has some of the best buggy riding in the world.

      Buggy Riding

      The dramatic "No. 9" by Pierre Fabre

      French Kite

      Andre Cassagne designed a series of ring kites to celebrate the Olympics. He is the best known kitemaker in France and the original inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch.

      Cassagne Kite

      This large Japanese style kite was made for the international kite festival in Dieppe. The artwork copies the front page of the local newspaper.

      French Kite

      Rolf Sturm is the president of the Drachen Club Deutchland (German Kite Club). He is famous for his Snoopy and Red Baron inflatable kites.

      Snoopy Kite

      Team No Limit flies large turning "wheels" and inflated kites that look like Sesame Street Characters

      Giant Wheels

      Uwe Grysback creates interesting spinning kites that maneuver on multiple lines.

      Four Line Kite

      An international sport kite competition was held on the island of Guadeloupe in 1998.

      Sport Kite Contest

      A new kite design called the "circoflex" was invented by Ton Oostveen and Helmut Schiefer in Holland during the 1990's


      Festivals involving millions of people and kites are held each January in Ahmenabad, India. Kites are sold on the street in simple stalls like this.

      Indian Kite Store

      Lightweight paper kites are used in India for fighting on glass coated line. The loser is cut free.

      Indian Fighter Kites

      The bird kites of Indonesia are made from hand-painted silk.

       Indonesian bird kites

      Gill Marcus stitches pop art into each of his kites.

      Israeli Art

      Claudio Capelli paints the faces of his friends on his kites..

      Italian Face

      Italian festivals feature large kites and banner shows.

      Italian Banners

      One Italian team has created a symphony of instrument kites that they fly to music.

      Italian Music

      Launching an O-dako (a giant rectangular kite). Roughly 200 of these huge kites are destroyed each year in the kite battles of Shirone.

      Japanese Kite

      This is a humming Bee Kite made by Satoshi Hashimoto. The bee is crafted from rice paper and bamboo that has been aged for more than 100 years. When flown, the "hummer" on the top makes a loud buzzing noise.

      Bee Kite

      A hand painted Edo kite ("Edo" is the former name of Tokyo) featuring the rabbit and wave theme from a traditional folk tale.

      Japanese Kite

      A huge "Phoenix" bird kite flown by the Korean Kite Association

      Korean Kite

      The traditional Korean combat kite with a hole in the center.

      Korean Fighter

      A leaf kite. Small, lightweight and completely natural.

      Leaf Kite

      The delicate Wau Kuching (cat kite) and Wau Bulan (moon kite). These examples were made for decorative contests and are too heavy to fly.

      Malaysian Kite

      Jose Sainz, who now lives in San Diego, has traveled the world with his unique kites. This one combines traditional Mexican art with modern materials.

      Jose Sainz Kite

      Kites from Nepal are some of the highest flying in the world.

      High Flying Kite

      New Zealand:
      Designer Peter Lynn created a series of huge inflatable kites (no sticks) in the shape of various sea creatures.

      Octopus Kite

      New Zealand:
      Peter Lynn also designed a modern kite "buggy" made from stainless steel and powered by large maneuverable kites. George Pocock used the same idea in England in 1822.

      Kite Buggy

      An annual kite retreat is held in Lagos, Portugal. great fun on the beach!.

      Beach Flying

      Mr. Shakib Gunn is a familiar face as festivals throughout Singapore.

       Shakib Gunn

      South Africa:
      Here's a sport kite team at a festival near Cape Town

      Sport Team

      Josep Nieto of Barcelona flies cartoon character kites.

      Cartoon Kite

      This photo shows kites being flown in a "train".

      Norwegian Kite

      Winter kite skiing is popular in the Alps

       Kite Skiing

      The traditional kites of Thailand represent male and female characters. This one, called a "chula' is the male kite. The kites are flown in sophisticated "battles" designed to capture a mate.

      Thai Chula

      Every two year, a festival is held before the royal palace in Bangkok.

      Thai Festival

      Turkey has hosted several kite festivals near Istanbul..

      Turkey Flag Kite

      United Arab Emirates:
      These three giant kites were flown at the First International Kite Festival of Dubai on the Persian Gulf.

      Desert Kites

      United Kingdom:
      The Cody Manlifting Kite was designed for the British Army about 100 years ago. It was invented by an American named Samuel Franklin Cody, who dressed much like Buffalo Bill.

      Cody Kite

      United Kingdom:
      Martin Lester of Bristol is known for making flying "Body Parts".

      Top Half

      United Kingdom:
      A six member performance team from England called the Decorators

      The Decorators

      Randy Tom of San Diego won many awards with this "seven sisters" style kite with sewn copies of artwork by Patrick Nagel.

      Seven Sisters Kite

      A six-sided Japanese kite is called a "rokkaku" (ro-ka-coo). Kathy Goodwind of Seattle made this model which she calls "Ro-ka-doodle-do. It now hangs in a Japanese kite museum.

      Rokkaku Kite

      Artist George Peters of Boulder, Colorado, combines interesting shapes to create whimsical kites.

      Bug Man Kite

      Designer Scott Skinner of Monument, Colorado, combines traditional American quilting techniques with Japanese kite shapes.

      Turtle Kite

      Performer Dennis Kumerowski of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, flies kites which steer with four lines. He added two extra "arms" to his costume to enhance the effect.

      Four Line Kite


      Material courtesey of Gomberg Kite Productions. © David Gomberg

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