Hardwood Kuripe | K1| Rapé applicator | Shipped from USA
This hardwood kuripe is made by our friend Maximiliano who lives in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. We have been working with Maximiliano for over 5 years and have visited his workshop several times. He is a warm-hearted individual who is passionate about his work. You can now support this local Andean artist by getting this exclusive Waking Herbs kuripe!
The color of the string on your hardwood kuripe will be random.
Maximiliano uses mahogany because it has a beautiful straight-grained appearance, which gives the hardwood kuripe strength. The reddish-brown timber of this tropical hardwood ensures your hardwood kuripe is both an eye-catcher and a long-lasting piece.
Also, see our USA shipped rapé collection that goes well with your hardwood kuripe on our USA page.
What is Rapé?
Rapé, pronounced ‘ha-pey’ in Portuguese, is a traditional snuff used by various indigenous tribes of South America. Predominantly tribal people from Brazil and Peru. Rapé blends contain a ground mixture of plants, tree bark, seeds, and ash. The fine powder is blown into each nostril through a bone or bamboo pipe called a ‘Tepi’ or ‘Kuripe’. The Tepi applicator is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver to the mouth of the person that administers the snuff. The Kuripe is for self-application. The V-shaped applicator connects the nostril to the mouth allowing the snuff to be self-blown into the nose.
Each tribe has its own rapé formula and usually, it is women who gather the ingredients. The selection, mixture, and grinding process are regarded as a ritual only to be performed by a reputable healer. The snuff is typically made in small batches according to the specific needs of the person being treated or the ceremony’s occasion.
The use of Rapé aims to restore our connection to nature and a sense of grounding. It clears mental fog and confusion eliminating negative thought patterns. These powerful snuffs bring about physical and spiritual wellness.