The Nepali kites are typically made of lokta paper, which is hand-made. Because the kites do not come with a tail, people add the tail themselves. The kite flying equipment consists of the kite, the wooden roll with two spools on each side which you have to hold in your hands to control the kite as it is flying. Miles and miles of the string are rolled onto the reel. The string is often equipped with home-based manja, a mixture of compressed glass and thick gum. The strength of the string depends on the excellence of the mixture.