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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Product Spotlight! Ayate Cloth

I have a new item in my shop that I am so excited about! Its called an Ayate cloth.
A good friend of mine introduced me to this little wonder and I am hooked! 
It comes in a perfect woven square and when you first get it you need to soak it for a minute or two to get it to "plump up" after that magic happens!
In your shower or bath you simply rub this just a bit aggressively in circles over your skin and all those bumps and rough places on your skin go away! My arms were getting bumpy but no more! I can see this also would be beneficial if you were peeling, or you are a self tanner person and you know how bad that looks if you don't exfoliate first!
So the details of this wonder cloth for all my left brain friends:

Ayate is a fiber woven cloth that comes from the Maguey (agave salminae). It is a productive fiber has been used in the "Valle Del Mazquital" located in the central part of Mexico where more than four hundred thousand people live.
 Ayate has been known for its durability, natural origins and usefulness to natives but slowly is turning into an international sensation. Today, ayate is used as an all-safe mildew resistant body exfoliator, designed to last up to about a year.
Sounds pretty awesome right? and a total "green" decision for me.
Here is what the plant looks like.
Agave Cactus
And woven up into the cloth.
Ayate Cloth
Want a bit more info???

Maguey is predominately used in Mexico as a resource that provides natives over 100 different products of which include clothing, food, medicine, firewood, furniture, and soap. The importance of the Maguey has prevailed through time and has become a dominant source of income for these natives. Once the Maguey is at a mature state, which can take up to ten years, the ayate fiber then can be extracted along with other resources the Maguey is used for. The process of making Ayate is extravagant, labor-intensive and can take up to two to four days to complete. But because of the high demand for the resources that lay within the Maguey, it leaves little time for growth and ability to cultivate these plants.  The manufacture makes sure that the indigenous people and Valle Del Mazquital are protected. I love this part!
I am so lucky to be able to provide these in the Rifle store (located at 228 Railroad Avenue) so stop by and get your own!
Be blessed!

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