The Indonesia Kite Museum
Jl. H. Kamang no. 38, Jakarta, Indonesia
+62 21 7658075 / 7505112
The Indonesia Kite Museum Jakarta Reviews
See you in the sky.. The sky is big enough for kites Jan 31, 2014
One sunny Friday afternoon I visited the Indonesia Kite Museum, located in South Jakarta. This is the home of kites, with priceless information about Indonesia kites. The museum is set in a beautiful, green treed area, within a traditional Javanese house.
Many tourists who visit the Jakarta area remain ignorant of this museum. I visited this place because it reminded me of my childhood games. The colors of kites and some children making kites in front of the museum made me curious to know more.
Mr. Asep is the guide and caretaker of the museum,who just happens to be an experienced kite maker. He took me to see around the museum and told me all the details about the various collections. The museum founder Endang Puspoyo has been collecting kites, for more than 20 years, and is particularly fond of Balinese kites. A collections center around unique and creative kites. These kites come in various shapes and sizes from animals and other decorative styles.
Many of the museum's collections have participated in national and international kite festivals, and some are award-winners. The collection features more than 350 kites from different parts of Indonesia, as well as other countries. Unfortunately the place is not large enough, so that all collections can be showroom displayed.
The rare collection includes the smallest kite, whole-leaf kites and decades-old, well preserved ones. Kite history and resultant inventions of kites parts, shapes, materials, decorations and what kites mean in many countries and cultures are on display .
The Indonesia Kite Museum provides activities for visitors such as film presentations about the history of kites and other activities like kite making, kite painting, ceramics, umbrella painting and batik.
In June- August the wind blows hard in Indonesia making it a great time to fly kites. Layang-layang or kite flying is a very popular pastime not only for Indonesian children but for adults. Every province has their own designs, functionality and raw materials.
Besides rituals in Indonesia, kites have over the years been used for a variety of purposes, such as sport, agriculture and even for fishing. In Javanese villages, kites are employed to drive away insects and wild birds in paddy fields. The fishermen in Lampung use traditional kites for fishing. The flying of kites as a spiritual gesture has become a custom of Bali's predominantly Hindu people to express gratitude to God for soil fertility.
This kite fighting is an interesting attraction in Indonesia. Simple kites are made from bamboo, sail of cotton fabric, paper, foil, wax paper, leaves, or cassava paper. The string that is attached to these kites is coated with crushed glass. The string is dipped in a solution of crushed glass, which has been boiled with chemicals. This process makes the string very sharp and capable of cutting the opponent's string. If a kite is cut free by an opponent, the victor owns the downed kite.
It was wonderful to see children making their own kites. They can express their creativity and imagination at the Indonesia Kite Museum. The collections and ideas of the museum are amazing. Kite flying is rich in creative artistry and has its very own meaningful philosophy.
Visiting a kite museum helped me learn about the history of kites in Indonesia. l really enjoyed the time spent !
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