Kite Patterns are one of the fun and interesting parts involved with kite flying. Kite patterns not only refer to the colourful and vibrant patters made on kites, they also provide a great way to spend time with family and friends in making a kite that looks beautiful when it flies. While most of us may not read too much into kite patterns, there are many kite makers and people who pay a lot of emphasis on what goes onto the kite.
In ancient times, in China, kites were made with military use in mind. They were primarily used for signaling and passing messages from one point to another and their colour patters were also made with the required signals in mind. Kites were also painted with religious and mythical characters, which were symbols of important fixtures in the lives of these people. Kite makers would also paint legendary characters.
Kites are mainly meant to look pretty against the brilliant blue sky when they are flying high above. Although their patterns have been known to carry some significance or the other, nowadays only traditional kite makers are known to still use meaningful symbols and kite patterns. Most manufacturers, who specialize in bulk kite making, do not tend to pay any attention to the kite patterns.
Kite patterns have, in the past, held major significance in terms of religious or festive beliefs. If you go to a traditional kite maker during a festive period, you will notice that s/he is making kites with a particular pattern in mind only. However, if you are looking to make your own kites at home, then you can choose your own pattern or go for a more traditional kite pattern.
Traditional Kite Patterns
There are many traditional kite patterns that are different for different countries and customs. For e.g. the Japanese have been known to follow some common kite patterns like the Seven Lucky Gods kite pattern that are shaped and painted in the pattern of seven Japanese gods. Similarly the Chinese have been known to adorn their kites with symbols of the dragon or of their gods for good luck and prosperity.
But if you are planning to take up kite making as a hobby, then you have the freedom of creating any pattern that you would want on your kite. The kite pattern aims to beautify your kite and that is the prime purpose and for that, you can paint a Disney character, an animal or any pretty pattern that you would want on your kite.
If you are planning to make a living making kites, then you need to be a little more careful if you are going to make traditional kites. Some cultures may be quite possessive about their rituals and symbols and if you are going to use those symbols as kite patterns, then it is important to learn or paint the right symbols so as to represent the culture in the right way.
Kite making is an enjoyable hobby and once the kite is built and ready, painting a beautiful kite pattern on it is the best part of the entire hobby. You can let your creativity take charge and who knows, maybe one day you just might create your own signature style of kite patterns.