Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chinese Kites!



































New in the store this week are these beautiful, hand painted silk traditional Chinese kites. I'm infatuated! There are butterflies, owls, dragonflies and swans. Each one comes in a cloth covered box with ribbon ties, and cord handles.  The kites assemble easily in a few minutes, and just as easily come undone, to go back in their boxes.  They have bamboo frames, and each of many joints is tied with string wraps and glue. They are rather sturdy.

The plastic reel winder, with orange nylon flying line, screws, nuts, and satisfying tick-tick-tick sound while winding, is an old school toy all on its own.  I can imagine my own boy once upon a time standing on the bridge with something tied to the string letting it go downstream, until he wound it back.

6 comments:

Meg in Nelson said...

Love! Love! Love! How wonderful.

barbindell said...

They are beautiful--think I will get one when I go to Kentucky later this month with the grandkids--would be way fun!

Kathryn said...

It just screams spring!

Susan Johnson said...

Kathryn, I love that, Screaming Spring. A great season. I'm so tired of being contemplative, still, and looking inward for meaning.

I might have tried that for a few minutes once.

Andy Warhol supposedly said, They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

underwerket / Lisa Grue said...

They look fantastic, I feel happy when I look at them.

Claudieddu said...

Those are some beautiful Chinese kites!! Where and how did you get them!?