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Mango Wood Gourd - Flowing Leaves
Maté Gourds and Bombilla
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Although Mate Gourds have a long history in South American countries of Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, their use in Asia is very limited to only Yerba afficianados. We started a small project a few years ago, to make Mate Gourds in Northern India. The Mango wood seemed ideal to use and better than those usually available from South America.

The Ritual of Drinking Yerba Mate
The traditional way to drink Yerba Mate is fun and engaging group activity. One individual (CEBADOR in Spanish), assumes the task of the server. The Cebador typically fills the gourd and drinks the Yerba completely with a Bombilla (straw) to ensure that it is free of small particles and that it is of good quality. The server subsequently refills the gourd and passes it to the next drinker who likewise drinks it all. The ritual proceeds around the circle until the mate becomes lavado ("washed out" or "flat"), typically after the gourd has been filled about eight to ten times or more depending on the yerba used (well-aged yerba mate is typically more potent, and therefore provides a greater number of refills). When one has had their fill of mate, they express as much to the cebador when it is their turn to drink, by simply saying gracias ("thanks") as they receive the mate. In the tradition of mate-drinking, gracias means that this mate accepted will be the last to be drunk, and serves as an acknowledgement of the kindness and kinship offered by the cebador and those with whom one has shared the mate.

The gourd is artistically hand crafted. The carving on the gourd is that of leaves in a flowing pattern.

Size and Artisanal Variation
This Gourd has a 3-4 ounce capacity. Since no two pieces are alike, the gourd ordered may vary slightly from that pictured above in color and shape.

We recommend seasoning the gourd before use. For this, use hot water and rinse 6-7 times. Then brew a small amount of Yerba Mate and let sit in the gourd for 2-3 hours. Over time, do not use soap to clean, simply rinse with hot water and dry with towel
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