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Japanese Kite Making

posted 1 Mar 2016, 19:46 by OC Web   [ updated 1 Mar 2016, 20:18 ]
Mikio Toki is one of the last active traditional Japanese kite makers in the world and he travelled to New Zealand for the Ōtaki Kite Festival. As part of the build-up to the Festival, he ran a 3 hour workshop for Year 10 and 11 students studying Japanese at Ōtaki College on March 2nd. Mikio taught the students how to make their own traditional Japanese kites using the "Oshibori" dye method. This involved folding Japanese Washi paper many times, then dipping parts of the paper into brightly coloured dyes to create their own vivid original patterns. Students then glued their designs to bamboo struts, added red paper streamers, and tied on strings to make their own kites following traditional methods. The results were stunning – original kites that were just as beautiful as they were flightworthy.

The College would like to thank Barbara Franks, Ōtaki Kite Festival coordinator, and Mr Mikio Toki for giving our students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience traditional Japanese kite-making at first-hand.
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