Fantastic kites made of handmade Japanese washi paper show off the craft of the papermaker and the artistic and engineering skill of the kitemaker. These fantastic washi kites are works of art that are displayed in the sky rather than on the walls of a traditional gallery.
This video shows a group of kite artists visiting the Japanese papermaking village of Kochi to learn more about washi and harness its wonderful attributes for their flying art.
The washi kite artists use watercolor, collage, quilt techniques, assemblage, traditional Japanese painting to name just a few. The resulting flying washi sculptures are wonderful. Some are sophisticated, some are fun, some are colorful and some are traaditional. All are wonderful creative explorations.