kites was a very popular Thai sport over the
centuries. The Thailand kites are described as
‘flat’ or three dimensional.
More elaborated kites,
like the ones with complex forms such as human or
bird, usually are three dimensional.
common kites can be found in all kinds of forms,
like fish, different faces, owls and varies from few
centimetres to 25 feet. These kites are usually
raised for fun.
The Chula and the Pakpao kites are
symbols of the national played sport and patronized
by the Thai kings over the history and the battle
male Chula and
the female Pakpao represents the main attraction at the kite
festivals. The delicate kite Pakpao is in diamond form, is
long in distinctively way and having a tail of clothes is
the feminine kite. At 2.5 feet, Pakpao is fast. The speed
and the agility are the main weapons of offensive and
defensive. At a fight competition with the kites, the Chula
kite can reach the impressive size of 80 feet.
The modern kites are in different
forms and figures and are made of modern materials,
often made after the latest technology.
have much larger and more impressive cadres. These
new developments brought a variety of styles of
raising the kites.
kites’ fight- the choice of the kite varies based on
the predominant conditions. In front of some strong
winds, is preferable a heavier kite with a stronger
and more durable cadre. At moderate winds a kite
with a medium size is ideal and at breeze, an easy
kite is the best. The kites’ ropes – depending on
the kite’s weight, its rope varies in the same way.
Unlike the nylon that stretches when is lugged and leads to
a slower performance, the traditional ropes called pan
answer to the fingers’ move and offer a better leading of
the kite. While the kite hovers, fine vibrations are
transmitted from cadre to fingers through rope.
simple drawing of the rope, the energy is
transmitted to kite and it responds immediately. A
Chula team is made of one ‘captain’, one or two
handlers, which are the individuals who raise the
kite and one team of players that run with the rope
when the captain says so, usually through a pipe. So
called weapons of the male kite Chula are made of a
number of champah-bamboo fillets in shape of fight
hooks that are put along the ropes at intervals
specified by regulation. There are a minimum number
of 3 or maximum 5 champah, depending of the kite’s
size. The Chula kites can be registered at one of
the two segments: small or big.
kites in shape of diamond, Pakpao use their clothes tails to
attract the opponent in trap. There are 50 rules of this
conquest between the Chula and the Pakpao teams that have to
be strictly followed. For example, when is on the Pakpao
territory, the Chula team has to be on an attack territory
allocated to it.