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Our fair trade, hand-carved gourd rattles are made in Peru. The gourds grow in the warm central valleys of the Andes, the coastal oasis and the jungles. After harvesting, they are dried, skinned and sanded smooth. Intricately carved and worked by artisans freehand on the gourd surface. Natural color with a variety of birds, flowers, and other musical instruments. These rattles come in a range of lengths from 4.25 to 5.5 inches and widths from 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Perfect for travel or children. Complete with woven cotton string handles. Peru.
Hand painted percussion maracas are made in Peru. Maracas or rattles are used in Latin-American music. They are shaken, one in each hand, with the rhythm of the music. Maracas are so popular they are now a standard part of orchestral percussion sections. Shamans may sometimes use maracas or rattles to invoke the gods, raise energy, dispel evil spirits and bring joy to the listeners. Sold Individually.