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Saturday February 3, 2007
By MOHD BAKRI DARUS
MALACCA: Decades ago, a skinny-
looking teenager by the name
of Kasmin Miron, was a regular
figure in the village padi fields of
Seberang Pekan in Baling, Kedah.
He was not there to harvest
padi but to fly his kites as kiteflying
was a favourite pastime of
the village boys in the pre-independence
He is highly skilled in making
these airborne, bamboostrung
coloured papers with the
characteristic “buzzing” sound as
they soar and flit in the sky.
Kasmin’s deft touches have
won him numerous accolades,
both locally and internationally.
His specialities are the Wau
Bulan, Wau Jalabudi, Wau
Kangkang, Wau Merak and Wau
Helang as some of the kites are
Tourists in Kuala Lumpur looking
for Kasmin’s eye-catching
creations know where to look for
them – Central Market – as the
kites are sold at some outlets
Kasmin is also a regular guest
of the Malaysian Handicraft
Corporation and Tourism
Malaysia on roadshows abroad,
“There are not many traditional
kite-makers in the country.
Just look at the market, it is deluged
with modern-styled kites.
Thus, we should revive the art of
making traditional kites among
the young to preserve this heritage”,
said Kasmin, who is the
Malaysian Kite-Flying Council’s
Development Committee chairman.
Kasmin’s ingenuity is in making
his bigger-sized kites “collapsible
and foldable”, making it
easy for foreigners to place the
kites in boxes and luggage to be
taken back to their respective
He uses the ripstop nylon
cloth, which is more durable
instead of the usual kite paper.
Back home in Kedah, the former
teacher is assisted by 13
young workers, most of them
school-leavers, in making the
traditional kites. He earns about
RM4,000 to RM5,000 a month
from this venture.
More information on
Malaysian traditional kites is
available at the Kite Museum in
Bukit Layang-Layang, Pasir
Gudang, Johor, the first and only
kite museum in the country. —
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