One of the many arteries of Empress Market. Kite Sellers Section is an anomaly in this hyper-mart. Kite Sellers have consolidated at the entrance facing infamous Rainbow center. Colorful and Comprehensive, The Kite Shops sell all local types of Kite you could imagine; Standard Square shaped, Oval shaped, Challaydar, Lukhnow Cut and Tailwali kites. Further customization is done by putting different designs and messages on the paper. The business consolidated at Empress because it became one stop purchasing center for other small scaled vendors in Karachi and retailers from interior Sindh who place orders here for bulk purchases. The clients also include five star hotels and clubs across the city when basant and other festivals are arranged in the city.
The production of kites require bamboo sticks and paper. The paper is manufactured locally while bamboo sticks are imported from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Far East. Manjjah is prepared with a mixture of rice pitch, ground glass, colours and isapghole husk. A variety of ingredients is used to make cord competitive. Karachi historically has not faced issues with the thickness of the kite wire as the same has been faced repeatedly in Lahore resulting in the ban on Basant celebration itself.
The kite flying has not come out of age in Karachi. The innovation in the designs and paper quality has been limited. Delta wing, Drgaon Kite, Kite trains and ribbon kites has not been seen flying across Karachi Sky. The vendors at Empress have been enterprising and if a Kite festival of a reasonable attendance is introduced in Karachi, chances are that Kite flying ‘ll catch a new wave. Why not.