Copal resin torches were traditionally used to light the interior of homes in the evening. The Matsés collect the resin fragments deposited at the trunks of copal trees. The resin pieces are softened over the fire and molded into elongated tubes, then wrapped and tied with leaves form the ungurahui palm. Slow burning, the aromatic torches emit a pleasant odor that repels insects.
Although their use today has largely been supplanted, the Matsés are still able to fashion the torches when there is no kerosene or flashlights available.
Size: approximately 51cm (20”) - Please note: All torches are one of a kind and may differ slightly to photo.. this is the beauty.