After Layangan flown by the wind, we drive it by string at ground. If we release the string, layangan will start to wobble. That is the way to change direction of layangan. When we get direction what we want, the we pull the string very fast to move it forward. That is the way to drive layangan.
Playing layangan is not just drive it at sky, but we can fight with another layangan. We fight by trying to break off the string of another layangan. Well, it actualy needs special skill but the most important is the string that we use.
There are many variety of layangan’s string. It different by their sharpness. Some of them are “kenur”, “gilasan”, “barjo”, etc. Don’t not try to fight layangan with string “gilasan” if we only have string “kenur”, our oppenent will beat us so easily.
For me, playing layangan is very interesting.
I hope kids today still know and play layangan.