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The name Mesopotamia was given to the Middle Eastern civilization that was situated between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The word, Mesopotamia comes from the Greek meaning "a land between two rivers". The first city-states were established in Southern Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) as early as 5,000 BCE by the Sumerian people. This region is typically dry and sandy which made communal bathhouses or hammams a vital part of the health, well being, and culture of the Sumerian people. Lüfkas were first created during the Sumerian period (5,000-3,500 BCE).
Farmers would trim the branches of the Babylonian weeping willow trees that grew in the oases of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and hung them to dry in the hot Mesopotamian sun. Weavers would strip the willow branches into thin fibers. These fibers were then placed in a loom and woven back and forth to produce the same beautiful diamond shaped lüfkas that people in this region still use today.
Our artisans use this same ancient technique to produce our Lüfka Willow Bark Exfoliating Washcloths. People have known about the benefits of skin exfoliation for centuries. We want to share this ancient Eastern knowledge with the world.