29 May, 2008

Wau Kuching (Kite)

In Northern Malaysia, kite is known as Wau. The frame of the ‘wau’ is made of bamboo which is strong and flexible.
Wau also has a special feature which is the noise making bow or hummer. The noise makes the kite to come ‘alive’.
The bow in the frame allows balance in the kites.

There are several types of WAU.

Wau Bulan

Wau bulan is an intricately designed Malaysian moon-kite (normally with floral motifs) that is traditionally flown by men in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. It's one of Malaysia's national symbols, along some others being the kris and hibiscus. The logo of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is based on this kite.

The following is a picture of Wau Bulan.


The following picture is Wau Jalabadi.


The following picture is Wau Merak


Another type of popular wau is called a cat kite as shown below.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sir! Your photos on Malaysian kites are very interesting! Can I use it for our supplementary magazine for Grade 7 students?