Slender-swallow-shaped Kite with Nine Dragons. This kite is in a slender-swallow shape, a common category of the swallow-shaped kites, and features nine awe-inspiring curled dragons flying in clouds along its outline. In the Chinese culture, “nine” is seen as a sacred and auspicious number symbolizing endlessness and supremacy, while the dragon is a legendary and mythological animal that is acknowledged as the head of all beasts.
Ten-thousand Fortunes on Floating Clouds. Given the homonym of “bat” and “fortune” in the Chinese language, this crafter applied motifs of dozens of bats in various forms flying around ink clouds onto a traditional swallow-shaped kite to express wishes for the omnipresence of fortunes in the world. Those bats showing themselves around the wings and legs of the swallow are of distinctive features and ingenious craftsmanship.
Hundred Fortunes Coming Together. This kite adopted the pattern of bats, a symbol of good luck seen by the Chinese people due to the homonym of “bat” and “fortune” in the Chinese language, biting traditional Chinese “Good Luck Knots” painted in a joyful and enthusiastic array of colors to visualize wishes as conveyed in the four-character Chinese idiom meaning “hundred fortunes coming together”.
Double-happiness. This kite falls into the multiple-wing category derived from traditional hard-wing kites. Featuring plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo and chrysanthemums, the renowned “Four Gentlemen” of plants, as well as beautiful flowers of peony, Chinese roses, narcissus, lotus, primroses, etc., this kite has been endowed with blessings for happiness, wealth and good luck for all families.
Red Parrot. This parrot kite looks extremely vivid with the meticulous brushwork and an eye-catching beautiful color palette. The application of the unique “split-tip brush creating hairs as thin as silk” painting technique of the renowned kite-making family —the Has, resulted in life-like feathers on the parrot.
Bagua. Invented by Fuxi, the first of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors of ancient China in Chinese legends and mythology, bagua are eight trigrams representing the fundamental principles of reality. Each of the trigrams consists of three lines, broken or unbroken, representing yin and yang respectively. This bagua-themed kite features the motif of bats, an auspicious symbol of good fortune in the Chinese culture, in each of its eight corners, and two fish in the center, symbolizing yin and yang.
Nine Generations Living Under One Roof (design drawing). Legend has it that when the hairs of two playing lions, a male and a female, intertwine into balls, baby lions come into being. Featuring nine lions based on the homonym of “nine lions” and “nine generations” in Chinese, this kite is intended to illustrate a family of nine generations living under one roof, conveying the wishes for endless continuation of families and prosperity for society.
Slender-swallow-shaped Kite with Nine Bats (design drawing). This kite features nine bats in different colors based on the “bat” and “luck” homonym to visualize the popular saying in the capital city Dongjing of the Song dynasty (960-1279 AD) “there are nine places in the world with each blessed with one kind of luck” as recorded in the book Qing Yi Lu by Tao Gu (903-970 AD).
Angry at Late-coming Fortunes (design drawing). With the motif of bats signifying “fortune coming” based on the “bat” and “fortune” homonym, this kite illustrates a scene of Zhong Kui, the legendary figure in Chinese mythology known for the ability of subduing all evil beings, with his one hand pointing to the bats angrily while the other holding a sword, reprimanding the bats, or fortunes, for late coming.
Clock-shaped Flat Kite (design drawing). This kite adopted the shape of a traditional copper clock for its main body. What’s atop the clock is a “pulao”, namely, a baby dragon with one body but two heads, one of the nine sons of the dragon in Chinese mythology. Known for their love of roaring by nature, pulaos are commonly-seen ornaments on clocks in ancient China.