These are raj nplooj made by me, Neng Thao, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA with bamboo sourced from Laos. Raj nplooj are also referred to as raj ob lub qhov, and raj nkauj see/ntxawm, because many people use them to imitate the HMoob musical languages of the leaf, they have two holes, and are used to play nkauj see songs, respectively. They can also be use to play Lus Taum tunes. They are similar to raj ntsaws, but do not require nearly as much precision control over one's breath, and only have two fingering holes. Traditionally, raj nplooj could also have three holes, but nowadays, two is more common—with the left hand used to control the finger holes and the right hand to extend the flute's musical range into the lower notes. Thus this instrument, although small, still requires 2 hands to play!
Raj Nplooj | "Leaf" Flute
These raj nplooj measure between 6 inches (15 cm) and 8 inches (21 cm) in length, and approximately 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. Fully constructed from bamboo and hardwood.