Handmade Caobo (Mahogany) Ecuadorian rapé Kuripe (self-applicator).
These hand made Mahogany kuripe s have been made by our friend Maximiliano who lives in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. These ones are some of the simple but elegant kuripes he makes for us. We have been working with Maximiliano for over 3 years and have visited his workshop several times. He is very passionate about his work and we love supporting his family business.
The colour of the string on your mahogany kuripe will be random.
Made of Mahogany which is a kind of wood, with straight-grained appearance, reddish-brown timber of three tropical hardwood species of the genus Swietenia. It is indigenous to the Americas and part of the pantropical chinaberry family, Meliaceae.
Traditionally, it is administered through either the Tepi or Kuripe. The Kuripe is a for self-administration and the Tepi is used when blowing the snuff for another person. The V-shaped applicator or Kuripe, connects the nostril to the mouth. The Tepi is a long blow pipe that connects the nostril of the receiver with the mouth of the blower, who then blows the rapé into the nose of the receiver.
Opening the Chakras
In general, the tribes believe Rapé facilitates the opening and clearing of the chakras, facilitates a sense of grounding and connection to the earth. Some think it supports the release of disease from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Furthermore some say that using rapé opens the third-eye chakra, decalcifies the pineal gland, clears mental fog and confusion. Finally it releases negative thought patterns and most of all it supports our connection to the breath and expands our connection to Spirit.