New mythologies (1/7): Gourde, back to basics


The scene takes place on the quays of the Seine, at the start of summer: we have brought out the pétanque balls, the mölkky, the crisps, the checkered tablecloths and… the gourds. In stainless steel or bamboo, XXL or XXS version, vintage or ultra-technical, they are everywhere. “Everyone has a canteen now!” » thinks he knows Maxime, 23, who is celebrating the end of the partials with friends. “Finally, all my friends have one”, he specifies before proudly displaying his own – in gilded aluminum with crocodile designs: “She is super eco-friendly and… super stylish! It’s the one that rapper Roméo Elvis designed for Sigg, the Swiss brand. A collector’s model: it can no longer be found anywhere. »

Incredible destiny that of the gourd. One of the oldest utensils made by the hand of man, whose design and mode of use have evolved with the rhythm of society, until it has become a walking paradox: both an object of consumption and a proclamation – visible by all – of ecological convictions. And it’s not over: the firm Transparency Market Research even predicts that the world market should grow by 4% per year to reach 10.7 billion dollars in 2027. It was therefore time to ask what the gourd is the name.

Originally, it allowed the first men to carry water and thus to widen their perimeter of life or hunting without risking death by dehydration. It was first a waterskin, this bag made with the skin of animals that had just been killed. This

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