Kites were first developed in China, circa 200 B.C. References have been made to them which reveal that they were probably invented much earlier. Some of the earliest kites were manufactured from cloth and wood. They streamed out in the wind while attached to cords or flexible wooden rods. Paper was invented around 100 A.D. and was soon adapted for use in kites.
One of their very first uses was to send signals from a distance. The kites were later used for numerous purposes, ranging from religious ceremonies to festivity, celebration, and warfare.
Kite making soon spread from China to Japan, Korea, Myanmar, and Malaysia, regions where kite flying is still an important part of the local culture. From there, this practice expanded to Indonesia, India, and the islands of the Pacific. The kite making technique was then adopted by the Arabs and soon proliferated to North Africa and Europe.