Karen fiddle

aren fiddle photo Victoria Vorreiter

A one string long necked spike fiddle. The bamboo soundbox is open at the top, the bottom often being carved. The string is tied at an angle from the nut to the long tuning peg. The bow was traditionally strung with women’s hair.

The fiddle is played vertically, the spike resting on the player’s thigh.

The instrument was probably borrowed from the Northern Thai two string salaw.

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