Musical Instrument Gift Box: Rainforest Rhythms©
A colourful box of instruments from South America.
Each instrument in the pack is decorated by hand in a traditional way, showing examples of Native art and weaving. Our artisans make all the parts to this wonderful set even down to the thread and beads.
Provided in an easy-to-wrap box.
Box Size: Approx. 27.5 x 17 x 6.2cm
One of each from the list below. Most information given here is extracted from the enclosed leaflet.
- Cha Chas – These are made from seeds gathered in the Peruvian Amazon and then sewn together with colourful local material. They are a wonderful percussive instrument and can be worn on the wrist whilst dancing. They are incredibly tactile – just to hold them and roll them around your hands is satisfying. This product is completely sustainable and fairly traded.
- Monkey Drum – Monkey drums are a popular instrument with children. They are so easy to play – a monkey could do it! Roll the stick in the palm of your hands – try and make different rhythms by changing the pace at which you roll!
- Panpipes – From the mountains of Peru, panpipes are a wind instrument first made by the Incas. In mountain passes high in the Andes, men thought that to echo the haunting sound of the whistling wind would be to communicate directly with the Gods.
- Ocarina – Ocarinas are ceramic whistles from Peru in South America. Early types were known in ancient China, but the egg-shaped ocarina got its name after being reinvented in 19th century Italy, after “oca” meaning goose. Ocarinas are played like recorders, except that the hands are held next to each other instead of one over the other.
- Rainstick – Imported from the Atacama desert of Northern Chile, the rainstick or rainmaker gives us a lovely paradox: How can something from the world’s driest region, made from a cactus, sound like a tropical downpour? These rainsticks are made by artisan co-operatives using the eulychnia plant. Dead wood only is used – the green flesh of the plant has rotted away to reveal a soft interior or copada into which cactus needles can easily be inserted. The cylindrical, hollow stick is a natural amplifier, and once little pebbles and grit from the desert are sealed inside the sound can be created by letting them pour over the needles. Use your rainstick to call the rain!
- Full colour information leaflet – all the details given above with colour pictures.
The musical instrument gift box contains genuine hand-made musical instruments and are not intended to be used as toys. Not suitable for children under 3 years due to small parts that may cause a choking hazard.
Credentials: Made by people, not machines. The artisans work on a fair trade basis and with respect for the environment.
More musical instruments here – all ethically sourced, of course!
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