Kites: Ha Yi Qi 哈亦琦 : 风筝
Kites: Ha Yi Qi 哈亦琦 : 风筝 - Artist At Work

The Beijing style of kite making involves very intricate decorative patterns with symbolic meanings. There are eight types of kites, each with a different structure and purpose, and suited to different conditions for flying. Kites like those made by Ha are painted using watercolors so that the kite will be light. (Oil paints can be used on larger kites.) Seven to nine coats of paint are applied to make the colors stronger. Kites are generally built using cotton paper, though larger kites are made using silk. The frame is made of very thin split bamboo (about 1/16″ in cross-section) held together with regular thread.