Flower Valley Ayate Hand-Woven Natural Agave Washcloth restores and stimulates skin to smooth, invigorating freshness. It is an excellent exfoliator for beautiful skin, and better than a loofa because it is long-lasting, quick drying, and resists mold. When soaked in water, the natural fibers expand and the weave tightens like magic. The Ayate Washcloth is also useful in the kitchen as an efficient mar-free utility cloth. It is hand-woven from agave (century plant) and imported from Mexico.
The native term "ayate" describes loose-woven products such as nets, bags and various cloths from the agave or century plant. As part of a living tradition that reaches back over 10,000 years, the styles and techniques for these artifacts are as old as Mesoamerican culture itself.
Cultivated in Mexico, the agave not only inspired the beginning of agriculture, it was the well-spring of religion. The plant provided both needle and thread, fabric, furniture, baskets, mats, blankets, brushes, bridles, paper, soap, shelter, food, candy, drink and medicine. Little wonder then that the Aztecs venerated the agave and personi-fied it as the goddess Mayahuel.
From the hands of a native people and heart of a sacred tradition, the quality and value of the ayate has endured and will survive well into the future. Try it and you'll see.