Mate Gourds and Bombillas
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Our mate accessories
In order to offer traditional consumption, we have entered into a partnership with an exceptional craftsman.
On the border between a utilitarian object and an art object, your mate gourd and bombilla will follow you all your life.
How are our mate gourds made?
Our mate gourds are all unique and handmade in Uruguay . They come from squash, or created from ceramics.
Squash mate calabashes go through the following manufacturing steps:
1. Harvesting squash in the temperate climate of southern Brazil.
2. Emptying and drying the squash
3. Artistic and practical know-how with:
- The laying of the leather
- The strapping of the “boca” in Alpaca
- The addition of leather feet
This whole process takes between 6 months and 2 years, depending on the size of the squash.
Which mate cup to choose?
Everything will depend on your consumption and your taste!
Choosing your mate gourd can be a complex choice.
There are three main families:
- The Truckers
The Camioneros are quite large with a finer "boca" than the rest and keep the original shape of the squash. Strapping is done on top.
- The Torpedos
The Torpedos are round with a strapping on the outer wall and can therefore be seen on the side. It is said to be easier to carry thanks to its windproof effect.
These are the biggest calabashes. Their strapping is most often in Alpaca, sometimes with bronze, silver or even gold.
The strapping is on the top as well as on the side of the calabash.
Which bombilla to choose?
The mate bombilla often goes well with the mate gourd. Indeed, the bigger the latter, the more you need a heavy bombilla.
Alpaca is often used because it is stainless but also very resistant.