Authentic Chinese Butterfly
The one butterfly my wife and I saw at a kite festival was being
flown by a woman—not a child, note! I can also recall the occasional
online photo or two of a butterfly being flown—once again, by a woman!
And how about the keen photographer who took the image at the bottom of
this page .... you guessed it ...
Butterfly kites are arty. It doesn't seem to matter in what
exact shape, size, or form they come. Butterfly kites are almost always
dressed up. Sometimes this is purely as an artwork, whether childish or more
Otherwise, they are made to look as realistic as possible. That takes some doing, since the living insect puts on an intricate and often very beautiful display of color.
things sell better than plain things, so a decent butterfly design must
be fairly easy to move off the kite-shop shelves. OK, maybe the walls or ceiling
;-) You know how they like to hang things here there and everywhere,
like some sort of kiting art-installation.
A typical butterfly design is just a little taller than it is wide, in many cases. Hence, it should be easier to get flying stable than, say, a bird kite. That's just a hunch on my part. If you have made a lot of kites, would you agree? I've certainly read some stories online of how long some bird-kite designs took to get right!
The butterfly has become one of the most popular creature-kites around, among single-surface designs. Other big "creature" categories would have to include bird and fish kites. These ideas seem to have originated in China, centuries ago.