KAGHATI PART ONE: WORLD BUILDING
Grandpa's Kite Garage
In the loosest sense, kites symbolize freedom. They fly openly into the sky but at the same time are supported from the ground below. Without its spool and thread, the kite will fly uncontrollably—getting stuck to power lines or wandering astray into nature. In life, we are taught to dream big and have ambitions that stretch far and high into the fast-paced technological world. Kaghati aims to highlight the importance of acknowledging the people who support us in that journey, be it through understanding the cultural roots of our loved ones, ancestors, or even taking the time to share the joy of a simple moment of flying a kite.
Bit of Indonesian History
Kaghati Kolope is the first recorded kite in human history that displayed interaction with people. They were depicted in a cave painting in Muna Island, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia, which has been dated from 9500–9000 years B.C.
Kite Design Concepts by Alyssa Lee
It is made from entirely natural materials, including dried Kolope leaves and twisted pineapple fibres, making it light and thin for optimized flight.
It is said that people wanted to reach the Gods by flying kites. This is depicted in drawings on cave walls, which was drawn using blood, as well as brownish-red plant sap. The ancient drawings can still be seen in the Sugi Patani cave in Liang Kabori village, Muna Island.
German kite enthusiast Wolgang Bieck claimed that kites from Muna date back further in history than those from China.
The people from Muna still make Kolope kites today, and their graves are still covered by kites.
Kite Garage Concepts by Alyssa Lee
Location : Raha Town, Muna Island, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia
Date : 17th July 2009, Friday
Time : Late Afternoon (5pm)
Name : Alya Angkasa
Gender : Female
Age : 9
Height : 106cm
Weight : 32kg
Place of Birth : Jakarta, Indonesia
Traits : Playful, Short-tempered, Curious, Determined, Childish
Name : Ridwan Angkasa
Gender : Male
Age : 68
Height : 170cm
Weight : 65kg
Place of Birth : Raha Town, Muna Island, SE Sulawesi, Indonesia
Traits : Patient, Meticulous, Cautious, Adventurous, Wise
Meanings & Symbolism
Alya; Arabic, Indonesian, Malay
Means "sky, heaven, loftiness" in Arabic.
Ridwan; (Arabic: رضوان Riḍwān)
Means "pleased". In Islamic tradition, Ridwan is the name of an angel in charge of maintaining Jannah. Also Means: "Pleased, satisfied, devoted to God".
Angkasa; Indonesian, Malay
Means “sky, space”.
The Toy plane
Using these two as a metaphor for the similarities between the girl’s and grandpa’s cultures.
Cultural differences are often just people expressing the same interests and beliefs in different tangible forms.
Shows that her and her grandpa are not so different after all.
Goes beyond the theme of “modern vs. traditional”, but about being open to learning more about your cultural roots.
They share the common interest of flying things--it runs in the family!