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Author Topic: Where Can My Co-Worker Find A Traditional Asian Kite?  (Read 1321 times)
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« on: July 19, 2013, 05:16 PM »

My co-worker, Schin, has now entered the world of loving

beautiful kites. The enclosed link will show you the type of

kite she is looking for. This would be a display only kite.

Thanks.

http://waukite.blogspot.com/2011/04/types-of-wau-wau-bulan-moon-kite.html
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2013, 05:35 PM »

Perhaps I wasn't clear.

Does anyone know where she could buy

one of these kites?
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2013, 06:54 AM »

Sent you a PM, John.
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2013, 12:14 PM »

Can't help with finding a Wau here short of finding a collector but they tend to donate them to museums. If price isn't an object we have forum friends from the area or have been known to attend festivals there, but shipping would be a challenge and expensive since those kites do not break down.

One World Trading had some Tukals but they were small and had no decoration, no current listing. They do carry Indian Street Fighters and a search of that auction site  for "Chinese kite" will find will find many attractive traditional style kites, nothing as large as a Wau so it would take a few to fill a wall.

 
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2013, 01:46 PM »

Thanks for the inputs.

I've been contacted by a co-GWTW-facebook person with a contact

possibility.

Sounds like this could be expensive.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2013, 10:31 PM »

Wau  can be very intricate and VERY fragile. Because its bamboo and paper its mostly built in one piece. Most competition sizes is about 5 feet tall. And comes in a variety of shapes from various Malaysia states. Most popular being the "Wau Bulan". But the most stable would be the Wau Merak.

Depending on what you want there are 2 distinct varieties, one that can fly and the other for display only. One can be custom ordered to breakdown the spine and folded in two for mailing or packed tightly with many pieces into the cargo hold of a plane.

The costs depends on the intricacy of the "applique" and who you are buying from If he is a grandmaster and had been winning the nationals then his work fetches higher prices. Prices can be subjective in this instance. An average Wau of quality and a lighter flyable one is about $250-300 range. Shipping is another story. As a guide a grandmaster would take up to a month to cut the applique for the Malaysian Grand nationals.

Should other kiteflyer come visiting to Malaysia it best to let him know what he is in for. Because its a Bi**H to pack and check into cargo, and with a long haul flights and multiple transits you best steel yourself against possible damages.

Semi intricate wau
Wau Making, Kelantan


Simple wau making
Wau making by PEWANIS (Pengusaha Wanita Setiu)


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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013, 11:15 PM »

Thank you so much.  Smiley

And doubly for the videos.
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