Dr Abe V Rotor
It's a game fought up in the sky. It’s the string that is
the target more than the kite itself. This is how we did it in our plaza
in San Vicente where we used to fly kites come harvest time, in the
months of October and November.
Author prepares the frame of a kite; kids flying kite at harvestime (painting by the author)
At that time there was no nylon or
monofilament, so it was the good old cotton thread, “numero viente” we
used, which is the standard for kite string then. We would pound broken glass
finely and mix it with egg yolk, then coat it on the kite string. When
it gets dry the string is like
sandpaper (papel de liha).
Here we go. The opponent’s
kite and our kite are flown simultaneously. And when both kites are
sufficiently stable in the air, we bring the two kites at striking
distance, until the strings get entangled. Now the fight is whose kite
falls – or which string breaks. Most often it is the string that spells
victory. You can imagine the loser running after his kite across the
fields, over fences and making sure no one gets ahead to retrieve it. A
loose kite is everybody’s, and ends up to somebody.~
WARNING: Never play this game. It is very dangerous. Games had their own time.