Tepi Bamboo & Resin

Black With Jarina from Brazil (SKU 4722)

A beautifully handcrafted 2 section Tepi (snuff applicator) made from bamboo and epoxy resin. The epoxy resin joining the 2 sections is dark grey in colour and is decorated with a red stone and jarina seed. These artworks are made by our friend Ruddison Vale, a respected artist and Rapé producer from the Kuntanawa tribe, living in the state of Acre, Brazil.

Dimensions: 11 cm (long section) x 0.8 cm (outside diameter) and 9.5 cm (short section) x 1.2 cm (outside diameter).

These handy pocket size Tepis were made by our Kuntanawa team from the Tete Pawã Workshop. They are made from bamboo and finished with synthetic clay and colorful seeds from the forest. With their palm size they easily fit in a coat pocket and as such are convenient to transport and take around, big enough to have a nice firm blow and small enough to be practical and discreet. They come in three different models. The basic model is just the natural bamboo color and putty, nicely finished but simple. The next model is decorated with dual color waxed string giving it a nice finish and a good grip. Number three is the most elaborated decorated one, beautifully pyrographed with indigenous designs mimicking the Kenés as they call the tribal markings used in arts and body painting.

Most of our medicines and handicrafts from the Kuntanawa family are produced at the “Tete Pawã Arts and Medicines” workshop. The workshop is based in the municipality of Marechal Thaumaturgo on the banks of the upper Juruá River close to the border with Peru. Tete Pawã is the indigenous name for the Harpia Eagle in the Pano language, the Gavião Real or Royal Hawk as they call it in Portuguese. Tete is big and Pawã is Eagle. It is one of the most sacred birds in the Indigenous traditions of the region. The project was envisioned by Rudy who with the help of his friends and family members is at the front of this enterprise, all of them dedicated to the spirituality and the medicine traditions of the forest and their ancestors. We at Katukina have been sponsoring them with toolsand machines, support and by spreading their beatiful arts and medicines through our network.  They make their handwork and medicines in their workplace but to collect the raw materials a lot more people get involved and like that the funds get spread around. Someone collects a herb, another burns the ashes for the Rapé and so on.

This is a handmade product and can slightly differ from the picture.

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