The Four Arts of Kite Construction

by Wang QiNian

Art and Technique of Chinese Kite Constuction

The Four Arts of Kite Construction

consist of:
  • Building which means choosing the suitable bamboo material, splitting it, bending, cutting and connecting
  • Glueing which means choosing the suitable covering material, cutting, glueing, seams and borders, some recommendations
  • Painting which covers the theme concerning colours and clouring, ground, copying, and decorating
  • Flying which covers wind, lines, flying with respect to several chinese types of kites and  some recommendations

The first three Arts and techniques will be covered within the next hyperlinks.

The Art of Flying Chinese Kites is covered in a special feature.

Art of Construction

Art of Glueing and Covering Techniques 

Art of Painting and Decorating

Selecting Bamboo
Splitting Bamboo
Cutting Bamboo
Bending Bamboo
Bamboo Joining Techniques
Choosing the Suitable Material
Glueing and Pasting
Some Technical Recommendations
(concerning edges, corners, rims)

Improving Appearance
Colours and Pigments
Painting the Background
Copying, Colouring, Decorating
The Correct Sequence of Glueing and Painting


Copyright 2002 ff: Hans P. Boehme