Kite Cultures

  1. “3-D in three dimensions” sport kite

    Prism sport kite from Seatlle, WA. Delta shape, black with clear panels, ripstop. (6) spars

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  2. 1992 JKA Japan Kite Tour

    Invited guests of the Japan Kite Foundation included Americans, Left to right, Modegi, Elmer Wharton, (Illinois) Don and Ron Collado (twins, Hawaii) and Charlie Sotich …

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  3. 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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  4. Australia

    Historically, Australia plays an important role in modern kite development. It was the home to Lawrence Hargrave, inventor and aeronautical researcher who is credited with …

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  5. 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 trade routes. It is …

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  6. Cambodia

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

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  7. Canada

    Like Australia, Canada’s place in world kite history occurred at the beginning of the 20th century. Alexander Graham Bell’s experiments with tetrahedral kites and his …

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  8. Caribbean

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

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  9. Chile

    Kites (el volantin), along with tops (el trompo) and soccer (el emboque), are among the traditional pastimes of Chilean youth. Kites are often flown to …

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  10. China

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

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