Domo arigato, Ibles Roboto. Koinobori are carp fish shaped streamers or windsocks traditionally flown in Japan. Here, to celebrate the newly proclaimed Day of Making June 18, 2014 (USA), carp fish streamers in the shape of robots will be traditionally flown in honor of all makers big and small for a good future and the hope they follow Kiteman's Zeroth Law: Thou shalt post. You should read up on the fascinating lore of the traditional Japanese koinobori though.

Koinobori can be hung from lines stretched across open areas or flown from poles. There may be a windsock representing the family colors or crest at the top of the pole. Carp streamers are added below each other representing individuals of the family. The size and color would be indicative of the family heirarchy. If Autodesk colors are flown, substitute the carp papa fish with a big bass.

Koinobori are usually handmade with intricate designs that are painted or printed using woodblocks. I made this instructables robot streamer using modern sewing techniques. You can model your designs first as paper cutouts and maybe even fabricate them as 3D prints.

You should have seen the Kiteman koinobori. That one got away. You have to make your own.

Step 1: Cut from a different cloth...

Actually, this was the leftover fabric from the Instructables Robot Hockey Shirt.

Since this will be a windsock or flying in the wind, you want some kind of thin lightweight tightly woven fabric. Ripstop nylon would be best but you can even use an old bedsheet for the base material.

The designs are traditionally painted or printed with woodblocks. I will just piece together my different colored fabric and applique or sew patch on details of the koinobori.

As with any sewing project, you can always handsew something but a sewing machine makes short work of it. Having a serger is even better as it seams, trims off the excess material and binds the raw edges all at once.

Having a good pair of scissors and a seam ripper tool are other basic essentials needed in sewing.

You will need a bit of stiff wire to make a ring that holds the mouth end open to catch the wind. You could probably use part of an embroidery hoop or even that strip of plastic you rip off the cover sealing a fresh bucket of drywall mud.

You will need some cord to attach the koinobori. A snap swivel makes it easier to hang and will act as a detangler when it spins in the wind.

CAUTION: Learn how to operate sewing machinery and cutting implements safely. Refrain from cussing when you have to rethread the serger.

<p>This is great! What a creative way to make the Instructable Robot. </p><p>I see your banter with Kiteman continues.... =)</p>
<p>Thanks, I already had the Instructables Robot gnome <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Robolocity-Roaming-Instructables-Robot-Gnome-/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Robolocity-Roa...</a></p><p>I do believe I rank prettty high with Kiteman...</p>
<p>Looks like the perfect fishing lure! Filled with sardines, I see it dragging behind my kayak to attract all the tuna's in the region. Hehe.</p>
<p>Ah, Captain Ahab, we meet again...</p>
<p>great instructable and the Japanese culture element in this project just makes it more interesting!!!!</p>
<p>It's fun to make things when you are a fish out of water.</p>
<p>I love it, great job! I also love to see this little lady, I am assuming is Caitlin, growing up! She is a doll! :)</p>
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