Mexican Artisan

Agave Fiber Washcloth (Ayate)

$12.00

Why We Love It

This handcrafted agave fiber washcloth, known as an ayate, reminds us of our abuelita’s self-care routine and we love it. This artisanal washcloth is hand woven by artisans using sustainably-sourced agave fibers. Provides gentle exfoliation, promotes circulation, and renews skin. 

Ditch your plastic loofah for this zero-waste swap that honors a time-honored self-care tradition. Note: this agave washcloth will shrink and soften when wet. 

Más Info

  • Approximate size: 12” x 11.5”
  • Long-lasting and quick drying
  • Mold and mildew resistant, and more durable than plastic loofahs or washcloths
  • Provides gentle exfoliation and stimulates circulation
  • Handcrafted from 100% sustainably sourced agave fiber (ixtle), traditionally utilized by Mexican indigenous communities for home and body care, and skillfully woven by artisans using traditional techniques.
  • “Ayate” is a term used to describe the indigenous tradition of loosely woven items such as cloths, bags, and nets using fibers from the agave plant.
  • Each Ayate Washcloth is one-of-a-kind and supports fair pay practices for Mexican artisans. Due to the handmade nature, sizes and hues may vary slightly from the product image.

HANDCRAFTED • ARTISANAL TECHNIQUE • PLASTIC-FREE • BIODEGRADABLE • COMPOSTABLE • ZERO-WASTE • FAIR TRADE PRACTICES

These natural household items are made by an indigenous-owned cooperative dedicated to the sustainable and artisanal production of brushes and sponges from vegetable fibers, such as agave henequén, agave lechuguilla, and ixtle de maguey. For over 25 years, the community has produced personal and home care products while employing local artisans, mostly women.

The products are made using 100% natural fibers obtained from different parts of Mexico. Each item is handmade by artisans, carvers, and weavers, creating a bond of a sustainable economy. They also take great care to source raw materials sustainably: the wood is upcycled from furniture makers’ scraps, and fibers are harvested sustainably according to ancestral traditions that have allowed agave plants to flourish for millennia.

Pair with your favorite soap for a zero-waste bathing experience. It will shrink and soften when it gets wet. Allow to fully dry between uses.

For an even more gentle exfoliation and to further soften fibers, let it soak in hot water for several minutes. 

You can hand wash in soapy water, rinse and hang dry between uses.

100% plant-based using natural Ixtle fibers.

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