Kite Cultures

India

As in many Asian and Middle Eastern countries, India has an ancient kite fighting tradition. The traditional kite,...
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Indonesia

A country with one of the richest kite heritages in the world, Indonesia boasts the leaf kites of Sulawesi, the...
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Japan

For more than a thousand years, the Japanese have built and flown a surprising variety...
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Korea

The rectangular Korean fighter, with a hole centered in its sail, is unique in the world’s fighting kite landscape. It is flown with the...
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Laos

The country of Laos, officially the...
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Malaysia

Layang-layang...
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Mexico

Mexico has a strong artistic heritage so it is natural that kites would be found throughout the country, even though basic kite making materials...
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New Zealand

Indigenous Maoris flew kites for ceremonial reasons believing that manu, bird-shaped kites were...
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Pakistan

With kite traditions much like those of India, the kite mania of Pakistanis has been a frequent subject of government crackdown. Use of glass-...
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Philippines

The guryon, a fighting kite of the Philippines, is made with protruding spikes that cut and tear the...
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Highest Altitude for a Single Kite – On April 12, 2000, Richard Synergy flew a kite which he had designed and constructed to an altitude of 4,422 meters (14,509 ft) above take-off point. The kite had a total surface area of 25 square meters (270 ft). Synergy traveled to Northern Canada in order to fly the kite in an area that allowed kite flying to such extreme altitudes.