ALEXANDRE ANANOU: Hello everyone and welcome to the Immigration Museum in Melbourne. My name is Alex and today I will show you how to make a traditional East Timorese kite.
All right, so first let’s have a look at the materials. You need one plastic sheet, two plastic sticks 50 centimetres long, one plastic card, you will need some tape, some coloured pencils, a pair of scissors. You will need as well some East Timorese stencils which you can download from our website as well as a diamond shaped stencil, once again 50 centimetres by 50 centimetres.
First we are going to make the kite’s sail and the kite’s sail is very important because it is going to catch the wind and make your kite fly. So I have just laid the plastic sheet flat on the table and what we are going to do is, we are going to use our diamond shaped stencil. We are going to draw the outline of our shape using a normal pencil, and then we are going to use just a normal pair of scissors and we are going to cut along the lines to create the shape of our kite.
Now remember that it is really important that you keep these leftover bits of plastic sheet, keep them with you because we need them later on doing our cutting and to make the kite tails so keep them on the side and we will use them later on. Now what you can do is just use the East Timor stencils, use as many colours as you like and start decorating your kite and be creative and use your imagination. All right this is it so this is what I have done with my kite sail and yours can be totally different just use as many stencils and colours as you like.
All right step number two. Now we are going to build the kite frame. The frame will keep your kite stable and strong. Turn your kite over and we will be using some tape now and I have precut some tape and you might choose to do the same and get a couple of pieces of tape ready or you might just decide to cut the tape as you go along. We are going to use one plastic stick that we are going to place vertically onto our sail and then we are going to tape both ends; one at the top and one at the bottom. Make sure that your plastic stick is well aligned with the corners and then we are going to tape along the stick, all along the same. Then we are going to take the second plastic stick; now this one we are going to place it horizontally across the sail and again we are going to use some tape to secure our plastic stick onto the sail. And what is really important as well is that we firmly tape the junction of both plastic sticks because this will hold your frame solid and stable.
Step number three. Now we are going to make the kite’s string and we will be using ribbon. Ribbon is lighter but just as strong as conventional string. Now I need you to pay very good attention to what I will be doing because this is where it gets a bit tricky. Pull the ribbon and what we do is measure twice the width of your kite then just cut off the ribbon and now watch closely what I am going to do. We are going to take one end of the ribbon and we are going to take it to the plastic stick midway between our intersection of across and the top end of our kite. So just go around the plastic stick, tie a double knot. Now make sure once again it sits in between the top end of your kite and your cross and then just to make sure that it holds out nice and tight we are going to use a little bit of tape and we are going to secure this knot. We will just trim the end of the ribbon here and there we go. Now we want to do the same on the bottom of our kite so what we will be doing is we are going to attach the other end of the ribbon midway between the cross and the bottom end of our kite but we need the right length, we need the right length of ribbon for our kite to fly so what we do is we are going to use our kite as a measuring tool. And so by doing this we are going to pull this ribbon all the way across to the left corner of our kite and then we are just going to slightly tape it onto this table and then we are going to pull this ribbon back to this point which is the midway between the cross and the bottom end of our kite and this is where we are going to tie our knot. Again we are trimming the end of the ribbon using a little bit of tape, we secure our knot just here and then we can gently remove the tape from the table and from the ribbon and there we go, we have got the right length of ribbon for the string.
So we still need a really, really long string so we can hold the kite in the air so what we are going to do is we are going to pull that ribbon off and then just see how far you can stretch your arms and then we are going to take seven times the length of ribbon. There is seven, fantastic and then we are just going to cut the ribbon off here. All right so this will be our string which we are going to roll onto some plastic card afterwards. Now we want to find the middle point of our string and so the way that you can do this is just hold up your kite and just find that midpoint there. Now on this midpoint with one end of that long ribbon, that is where we are going to make our knot. Just make a double knot and make it nice and tight and secure and just like always we are going to use a little bit of tape to secure our knot. So what we are doing to do with the rest of this ribbon is that we are going to roll it around something and we are using a plastic card but you might as well use a plastic bottle or a toilet roll. Now we are going to use some tape and we are going to attach the other end of the ribbon on to this plastic card or whatever you would like to use for this and then we are just going to gently roll it around it. All the way until we reach our sail on our kite.
Step number four. We are almost there but there is one more thing to go. We are going to make the kite tail and now the tail is really important because that is what is going to keep your kite balanced in the air. Now remember those leftover bits of plastic that you had from the very start, well we are going to use those to make a little weight. We are going to crunch just a handful of the left over bits and crunch them into a little ball, just like this and to make the ball hold we are going to use a little bit of coloured tape and just wrap it around your ball. This is going to be our little weight ball. We are going to attach our weight ball to our kite and we are going to use once again our ribbon and this time we are going to stretch our arms once again as far as we can and we are going to measure twice that ribbon length. Cut it off here and then we are going to attach one end of the ribbon onto our little weight ball just like this and we are just going to secure it with another piece of tape and make it nice and firm. Crunch it together and then with the other end of the ribbon we are going to attach this to the bottom end of your kite and this is really important that you attach it to the bottom end corner of your kite and we use a bit of tape and firmly secure it on the plastic stick.
This is it. We have got a sail, we have got our frame, we have got the string of which we are going to hold the kite and we have got our tail and our weight ball. So you can see that it doesn’t take much to build a traditional East Timorese kite using recycled materials.
I hope you have enjoyed the video and let’s go out and see how it flies!