Wau bulan is a beautifully made Malaysian moon kite that is usually flown in the Malaysian state of Kelantan. It is one of two national emblems of Malaysia, the other being the hibiscus. Silk painting, on the other hand, refers to paintings on silk. In Asia, they are a classic method of painting. The technique uses natural dyes from plants or minerals to paint images onto silk fabric. The Chinese invented this style of painting.
Wau kites were first made in the 19th century by the Bugis people of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. They used to sell their kites outside markets where people would buy them to lift spirits, especially during bad weather. Today, wau kites are still made by Bugis people who call themselves "waukotek". They use the same techniques as their predecessors did but now work with synthetic materials instead of silk. There are three types of wau kites: flying wings, balloon-sealed bodies, and body-only designs. Flying wings have frames of bamboo or steel covered in thin layers of cotton or polyester film. They are lifted into the air by large, helium-filled balloons attached to their bases. Body-only kites do not have any frame or wing support and so cannot fly but they can be rolled up and carried around like balls.
Silk painting was developed in China around AD 400.
Its qualities are The crescent moon-like form of Wau bulan's lowest portion inspired its name (moon means "bulan" in Malaysian Malay). When flown in the appropriate color, wau bulan appears to resemble a rising crescent moon. The wau bulan is larger than any other traditional Malaysian kite. It has a large flat surface and a small curved tip at the tail.
Wau bulan kites are usually made from bamboo canes because they are light and strong. The kites are painted black with red stripes along their length. They have a hook at the end of the string or thread that allows them to be tied to something permanent, such as a post or tree. The kites are flown using one's hand like a racket; however, instead of hitting a ball, it is used to fly a kite.
In Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, children play wau bulan kite games during the Chinese New Year season. The kids use their wau bulan kites to try to catch paper money that has been hung from a lamp post or tree. The one who catches the most money wins a prize.
Wau bulan kites were originally played only during the Chinese New Year season but now can be seen year round in Malaysia and Indonesia. This shows how popular these kites are among people of all cultures.
Wau, or kite in Malay, is a specially built Malaysian kite that has been flying for centuries. The name "Wau" comes from the curve of its wing, which resembles an Arabic letter (pronounced "wow"). It is a wonderful custom that is ingrained in the people's culture, particularly in the Malayan Peninsula's eastern states. A wau maker will select a strong wind day, find an open area where the wind is not too strong or too weak, and then build the kite. After it is ready, he or she will go to the chosen spot with the wau and let it fly.
The wau is made out of bamboo and paper, but lately they are also being made out of plastic. The main material used to make the tail is cotton or linen. Sometimes wood is also used instead. The kite needs to be flown every morning before sunrise until noon because after this time it starts to get dark outside, so it can't be flown.
People living on the east coast of Malaysia have been known to wake up at dawn to wait for the right wind speed to fly their wau. If the wind isn't strong enough, they will wait for another try later on. If it is too strong, then they will need to sleep under the stars that night!
After waiting for the wind to calm down and become steady, the wau maker goes to work.
The largest and most intricate wau are used in kite flying contests, while smaller ones with almost identical forms and decorations are utilized as ornamental pieces. The wings of a wau resemble a huge leaf and are balanced by a "horn" or head on top and a bottom (tail) of varied forms. The body is cylindrical with flaring ends and contains two large chambers connected by a passage through which air can be blown into one chamber to make it fill with wind pressure, causing the kite to fly.
Wau kites were first developed in China around 1000 AD and have been popular throughout Asia since then. Although modern kites are now made from plastic and fiberglass, early Chinese wau were made from bamboo and paper.
In addition to being beautiful objects in themselves, wau kites are also used as symbols of good luck in many Asian countries. They are usually flown during festivals or special events such as weddings because it is believed that they bring happiness and prosperity to their owners.
Wau kites have been flown in Europe too. However, instead of being used for fun, they are often flown by Chinese immigrants who send them back home to show off their skills and earn money. These kites are generally larger than those used in Asia and sometimes have motors attached to them so they can be flown even when there's no wind.