Kite Cultures

Afghanistan

Known for its large fighting kites, Afghanistan has a long kite history. The kites probably arrived via trade routes from India and are made in...
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Australia

Historically, Australia plays an important role in modern kite development. It was the home to Lawrence Hargrave, inventor and aeronautical...
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Burma/Myanmar

Burma/Myanmar is mentioned in Clive Hart’s Kites, an Historical Survey as one of the places where kites first traveled along early...
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Cambodia

Almost eradicated by the Khmer Rouge regime, the two thousand year old Cambodian kite tradition has been revived through the efforts of retired...
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Canada

Like Australia, Canada’s place in world kite history occurred at the beginning of the 20th century. Alexander Graham Bell’s...
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Caribbean

There are many kite cultures in modern Caribbean countries and most feature kites flown during the Easter season. It is probable that kites...
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Chile

Kites (el volantin), along with tops (el trompo) and soccer (...
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China

Is China the birthplace of kites? Perhaps, perhaps not. Expert opinion has swung toward the island cultures of the Pacific, with their functional...
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Europe

The earliest illustration of a European kite is in Walter de Milemete’s De Nobilitatibus (1326/27...
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Guatemala

Perhaps the oldest and certainly the most notable New World kite tradition is that of the Barriletes...
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The Oldest Recorded Western Kite Still in Existence – The oldest kite still in existence is a Dutch Peartop paper kite owned by Peter Lynn. The kite is currently thought to be at least 237 years old – it was created at least as early as 1773. The kite was found between the ceiling and floor of the first and second stories of a Dutch rowhouse, and pages from a book published in 1700 were used in the kite’s construction.