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
Simple wau making
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