Sport and art
The flight of kites is art and at the same time sport, leisure and challenge, and still continues to promote fabulous contacts between people. For very
individualist that is, the “commissary” or “combo” appreciates the encounters with the others, with the simple spectators who marvel at the evolutions of your device or with fans eager to exchange tricks, cunning
and secrets in the course of improvised exhibitions or the international competitions.
The construction of a kite is a true school of skill and of patience (many “little hands” have become famous creators of appliances) and, on the other hand, provides an inestimable sense of freedom.
Who has held the threads of a kite, even the most modest,he knows it well: in the absence of wings, Icarus would have been content with a kite!
Both the adult and the child can benefit from this activity so
different from any other that also has the great merit of bringing the
men to nature, since this sport is practiced in places still without
It does not matter if one is a novice or expert knowing the subtleties of
piloting: in the country of kites everyone is welcome.
Let’s go to the conquest of heaven!
Apparently the kite was invented in China four or five centuries before
of Christ and, little by little, it spread throughout the world following the
commercial exchange. At first they were made with silk because in that
At the time the paper was very expensive and there was no plastic. Now they are made with plastic because it is cheaper and more resistant.
The kite started a long journey to get to us. First came to Malaysia, Indonesia and the countries of the Pacific coast where it was used to
fishing and the decoration and its shapes were different., Later I arrived in Korea, at North of Africa and, finally, in the Middle Ages, to Europe.
This step from one country to another resulted in a sensible evolution of the forms and decorative motifs, as well as the different uses of the kite. This explains the extraordinary variety of models and its no less aesthetic diversity with the passage of time.
The kite in the west
The appearance of the kite in Europe it is very late. The first signs are
date back to approximately 1,350, date in which the use of kites for the launch of explosives over a besieged city.
The kite became popular in the century XVIII. In France it arouses so much passion that in 1736 it is necessary to prohibit its use in public places, due to the numerous fights that originated this new hobby.
At the same time, the minds creatives strive to develop and exploit the technical possibilities of comet, with a double purpose, military and
scientific In 1749, a Scot, one such Alexander Wilson, with the help of a
compatriot, measures the air temperature at different heights using a
train of kites equipped with thermometers. Benjamin Franklin studied the
electric currents, in June 1752 during a storm, this experiment opened the eyes of meteorologists. Thanks to this, many things of atmospheric phenomena.
The Englishman George Pollock was interested in the traction forces that
They exercised the kites, and soon patented a “flying car” that, together with two kites, reached the incredible speed of 35 km / h. This technique has not lost news, since kites are still used to pull the skaters in the frozen channels of Holland.