Kites from Around the World

Alvarez Kite

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

Wolfenden Kite

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

Brazilian Kites

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

Trapanier Kite

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

Ross Kite

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

Boreal Kite

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

Beijing Swallow Kite

The Beijing Swallow Kite is often flown over Tianamin Square.

Weifang Dragon Kite

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

Columbian Kite

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

Caribbean Kites for Kids

Many unique kites come from throughout the Caribbean.

Buggy Riding

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

French Kite

The dramatic “No. 9” by Pierre Fabre

Cassagne 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.

French 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.

Snoopy 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.

Giant Wheels

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

Four Line Kite

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

Sport Kite Contest

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


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

Indian Kite Store

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 Fighter Kites

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

Indonesian bird kites

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

Israeli Art

Gill Marcus stitches pop art into each of his kites.

Italian Face

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

Italian Banners

Italian festivals feature large kites and banner shows.

Italian Music

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

Japanese Kite

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

Bee 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.

Japanese Kite

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

Korean Kite

A huge “Phoenix” bird kite flown by the Korean Kite Association

Korean Fighter

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

Leaf Kite

A leaf kite. Small, lightweight and completely natural.

Malaysian 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.

Jose Sainz 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.

High Flying Kite

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

Octopus Kite

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

Kite Buggy

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.

Norwegian Kite

The kites and kite fliers of Oslo are interesting and a bit different.

Beach Flying

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

Shakib Gunn

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

Sport Team

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

Cartoon Kite

Josep Nieto of Barcelona flies cartoon character kites.

Kite Skiing

Winter kite skiing is popular in the Alps

Thai Chula

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 Festival

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

Turkey Flag Kite

Turkey has hosted several kite festivals near Istanbul..

Desert Kites

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

Cody Kite

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.

Top Half

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

The Decorators

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

Seven Sisters Kite

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

Rokkaku 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.

Bug Man Kite

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

Turtle Kite

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

Four Line 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.