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 freedom of art and artists is still severely restricted by the artists’ common habit of regarding their own navels. Art in general has spent a lot of time and effort looking at its own navel. In order to reorient artists’ concern and to reestablish touch with and influence on life, we raise our eyes and look at the world beyond the limits of “art”,…” - Otto Piene, More Sky, (under the heading of “kites”)