Item Description

Karen Hill Tribe Bamboo Smoking Pipe

Authentic Karen Hill Tribe of Northern Thailand bamboo smoking pipe. These bamboo pipes have been made and used by men and women of the Karen Hill Tribe to smoke locally grown tobacco and other substances for centuries. It is amazing the number of products the people of this region can make from bamboo. This is not a reproduction, it is an authentic Karen pipe that has been used. I have included a brief history of the Karen People below.

Size: Stem: Approx 3.5 inches/9cm Bowl Approx 2 inches/5cm

Materials: Stem - Bamboo/ Bowl - Bamboo

Thanks for your time and consideration... Dobuydon

SHIPPING TERMS (Please Read)

Your item will be shipped via International Registered Air Mail and will require a signature. If no one is home to receive the shipment, the post office should leave a notice and you may have to go to the local post office to retrieve your package. International Registered Air Mail is the surest and most secure method of shipping and guarantees that your shipment will arrive.  Expedited shipping is available via International Express Mail Service (EMS) at an extra charge.  Please email for a quote if you desire EMS shipment. IN ALL CASES I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR SHIPMENT ASAP. Please see below for more details regarding shipping to your region:

- United States : Normal shipping time to the USA.via International Registered Air Mail is approximately 14 business days (approximately 10 working days for Hawaii). However, shipping can be delayed due to customs/DHS, weather, or a number of other factors that are completely out of my control? but your shipment is sure to arrive. If you live in a rural area, your shipment may take a bit longer to arrive as the U.S. Postal Service has recently downsized and has closed many rural post offices. On very few occasions (less than 10 in all), I have had shipments delayed over 30 business days, but the shipment has always shown up and on no occasion has a shipment been lost.  Normal shipping time to the USA via International Express Mail Service (EMS) is approximately 5 business days and can be tacked online from start to finish. Tracking for international registered mail shipments, however, is limited.  You will be able to track your shipment at http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/Default.aspx?lang=e  only up to the point when the shipment departs Bangkok airport. After that, status, will not change and the shipment will not register at  www.usps.com  until a delivery attempt is made or the item is delivered. This is the way www.usps.com  is set up and there is nothing I can do about it.

- Canada:  Normal shipping time to Canada is approximately 14 working days. Shipping could be delayed due to customs, weather or a number of other factors that are completely out of my control, but so far I have not experienced any significant delays in shipments to Canada. Normal shipping time to Canada via International Express Mail Service (EMS) is approximately 5 business days and can be tracked online from start to finish. Tracking for international registered mail shipments, however, is limited.  You will be able to track your shipment at  http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/Default.aspx?lang=e  only up to the point when the shipment departs Bangkok airport. After that will have to check with Canada Post online for status.   Also, p lease always check with Customs Officials before bidding on items as the seller will not be responsible if item is ceased by Customs.

- Europe, Asia, Australia & New Zealand (Pacific Realm):  Normal shipping time to Europe, Asia Australia & New Zealand  is approximately 10-14 working days. Shipping could be delayed due to customs, weather or a number of other factors that are completely out of my control, but so far I have not experienced any significant delays in shipments to Europe, Asia or Australia. Normal shipping time via International Express Mail Service (EMS) is approximately 5 business days and can be tracked online from start to finish. Tracking for international registered mail shipments, however, is limited.  You will be able to track your shipment at  http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/Default.aspx?lang=e  only up to the point when the shipment departs Bangkok airport. After that will have to check with your national post office online servic for status.   Also, p lease always check with Customs Officials before bidding on items as the seller will not be responsible if item is ceased by Customs.

- Russia, South America and Africa : Normal shipping time to Russia, South America and Africa is approximately 14 working days. Shipping could be delayed due to customs, weather or a number of other factors that are completely out of my control, but so far I have not experienced any significant delays in shipments to Russia or South America. Normal shipping time to Canada via International Express Mail Service (EMS) is approximately 5 business days and can be tracked online from start to finish. Tracking for international registered mail shipments, however, is limited.  You will be able to track your shipment at http://track.thailandpost.co.th/trackinternet/Default.aspx?lang=e  only up to the point when the shipment departs Bangkok airport. After that will have to check with your national post office online servic for status.   Also, p lease always check with Customs Officials before bidding on items as the seller will not be responsible if item is ceased by Customs.

PROBLEMS ? If you have any problems before or after your item has arrived, I ask that you please email me so that we can resolve the issue between ourselves.

ONCE YOU RECEIVE YOUR SHIPMENT - I also ask that you please email and let me know that you have received the shipment as soon as possible. If you are happy with the item and with the service that I have provided, I ask that you please leave POSITIVE FEEDBACK. I strive to provide 5 STAR products and services... Thanks again for your support?. Dobuydon.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE KAREN PEOPLE

The Karen People

For centuries much of the population of northern Thailand has been composed of ethnic groups commonly known as 'hilltribes'. The largest of these is the Karen group numbering around 400,000 in Thailand.

The two main Karen groups in Thailand are the Sgaw and Pwo Karen. The Karen Hilltribes Trust works with the largest, the Sgaw Karen, who live in the Khun Yuam and Mae La Noi districts of the Mae Hong Son Province.

Their history in northern Thailand can be traced back to the twelfth century. It is thought that Karen originally came from Tibet, through China, and eventually to Thailand.

In Thailand they mostly live in the more remote mountainous areas due west of Chiang Mai. They are subsistence farmers who live at peace with nature and the forests. The Karen settled in what is termed the 'middle level' in the mountains, namely between 800 and 1,800 meters.

They were semi-nomadic people using swidden (slash and burn) farming methods, moving around on a seven year cycle. However, around 1968 the Government insisted that they must stop moving around. They were offered Thai ID and land rights if they could prove longevity. Now they are settled but their lifestyle is still influenced by their culture