This natural Ipu is not varnished.
The ipu is a common hula percussion instrument made using real gourds and polished with a glossy finish. Our ipus vary in sound depending on its thickness and size. There are three sizes available: small, medium, and large (see chart below).
Holding the Ipu at its neck and striking the bottom-right corner with the base of your right thumb, or tapping with your fingertips, are two ways to play the Ipu.
Ipus are natural instruments made by natural-drying gourds.
Due to the natural material of the instrument each instrument’s shape, coloring, size, thickness, and sound will differ, making each unique.
(If you have a specific size, color, etc. for your Ipu please write your request in during checkout. We will strive to send an instrument most suited to your request.)
The manufacturers hand-craft all Ipus, and we promise to send one-of-a-kind, unique pieces to our customers.
Size: circumference of part with most girth
Children: circumference less than 20”
Small: circumference 20” - 22.75”
Medium: circumference 22.75” - 26.5”
Large: circumference 26.5” - 30.75”
X-Large: circumference more than 30.75”(*Order-made; please inquire pricing, as it will vary depending on size)
*Children’s and X-Large sizes are considered special orders, and may take a few weeks till shipment depending on the availability of raw materials.
*Please note that currently the order for the Ipu may take more than 8 weeks to
ship due to a shortage of the material.
*Because the product is made of natural materials, we cannot manufacture all Ipus to be exactly the same size or shape.
*Mold may develop due to the natural-drying process of the raw gourd, but does not render the Ipu defective.