Dhakaiya Profession

Kitemaking-A Case Study

Posted in Kitemaking by rrasheeka on February 17, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed

Watching his father make kites thrilled Faruq when he was very young. One day he asked his father to let him make a kite. Looking at his father making kites everyday had given little Faruq some idea on how a kite should be made. His father gave him the materials necessary to make a kite just to keep him busy. But Faruq successfully made the kite. He felt ecstatic.

Today, Faruq makes and sells kites as a profession. He is around 60 years old. Making kite has no longer remained a mere time-pass. It has become the source of his income. At 6 o’clock every morning, Faruq sits down to sell his kites and sells them till the sun sets. All the time he is waiting for the kites to sell,he also makes kites. Even after he goes home he makes kites. (more…)


Posted in Kitemaking by rrasheeka on February 13, 2009

Photography: Salman Saeed.

A kite is a flying tethered aircraft that depends upon the tension of a tethering system.The necessary lift that makes the kite wing fly is generated when air (or in some cases water) flows over and under the kite’s wing, producing low pressure above the wing and high pressure below it. This deflection also generates horizontal drag long the direction of the wind. The resultant force vector from the lift and drag force components is opposed by the tension of the one or more lines or tethers. The anchor point of the kite line may be static or moving (e.g., the towing of a kite by a running person, boat,or vehicle).Kites may be flown for recreation, art or other practical uses.

Kites typically consist of one or more spars to which a paper or fabric sail is attached, although some, such as foil kites, have no spars at all. Classic kites use bamboo,rotten or some other strong but flexible wood for the spars, paper or light fabrics such as silk for the sails, and are flown on string or twine. Modern kites use synthetic materials, such as ripstop nylon or more exotic fabrics for the sails, fiberglass or carbon fiber for the spars and dacron or dyneema for the kite lines. (more…)