Traditional Indian Kites

by Mohd Mahboob
(Hyderabad, India)

Inside the shop.

Inside the shop.

If you want to see kite-making in India, using traditional methods, please come to Hyderabad. These fighter kite designs come in a range of types and sizes. Paper quality varies too, so all these factors result in a price range from 5 up to 100 Rupees per kite - at my shop anyway.

We also provide threads and manjah (abrasive) for flying line. The last photo shows how we store the lines.

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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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