PHOTOS: 83, and still making beautiful kites using ‘Nepali Kagaj’
October 19, 2020 08:20 PM NPT
By: Monika Malla
KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Purna Bahadur Shrestha started making kites when he was a teenager. He is now 83 years old and still in the profession.
These days, he prefers using Nepali paper (Nepali Kagaj) to ordinary paper while making kites.
Shrestha has witnessed a lot of changes over the period. The price of kite which was less than a rupee now has soared to at least 50 rupees per unit. “I used to sell a small-sized kite for 1 to 2.5 rupees,” he recalls.
Along with the price, the designs of kites have also changed.
When everyone was locked in their homes during the lockdown imposed in March, Shrestha in collaboration with his daughter created a dozen of new designs of kites.
When Republica photojournalist reached his place on Monday, he shared that he makes kites these days primarily to kill time and divert the stress created during the long stay at home.