Where do traditional hammocks come from?

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The original hammock , we believe, comes from the Amazon rainforest. They were made by the Indians from plant fibers and while resting or sleeping were an adequate protection against crawling insects and other creeping creatures. Also, the original Indian hammock has optimal ventilation because they are woven like a net without knots. As a result, they easily stretch with the body and give optimal comfort and relaxation and the air can freely ventilate through them.

One can sit or lie in it in many ways.

For example, by lying with the upper body low and the legs high, they can relax the legs and feet very well after a long trip through the jungle. Often these hammocks are made from the Moriche Palm or the Tucum palm, but also from the fibers obtained from the Bromelia. In fact, a hammock can be woven from any strong vegetable fiber.

Mexican hammocks

It is noteworthy, that in Mexico both in the Yucatan and Chiappas people use the same weaving technique as the Indians of the Amazon rainforest. This suggests, that the Maya had contact with the inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest many hundreds or thousands of years ago. Not surprisingly, since both cultures are on the same continent.

In Mexico, colored threads of cotton are used to weave the hammocks, and as a result, a large and colorful production has been established. The hammocks there are made in many colors and designs and are of different widths.

We at Marañon have been buying hammocks in Mexico since 1975 and my first sales of these hammocks were at the hippie market in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza in 1996. At that time it was still a market where sales were made from rugs on the ground. In the early days of the rise of the colorful mexican hammocks, the strands at the ends of the hammocks were still very tightly woven high-quality cotton yarns, but to meet the increasing demand for these hammocks, for economic reasons, nylon tension wires were switched to the ends on these otherwise all-cotton hammocks. These hammocks are also available in an all nylon version, but we find that a lot less comfortable hammock. Nylon does not yield to the body and hammocks made from nylon totally lack the comfort of a hammock woven from cotton.

Mexican hammocks come in a number of sizes.

One must then pay attention to the weight of the hammock.

  • Hammocks of 900-1000 grams are small single hammocks.
  • 1100-1200 grams are larger single hammocks.
  • 1300-1600 grams are large single or double hammocks.
  • 1700-2000 grams for tall persons and large double hammock.

We started producing in 1998 Mexican hammocks with a 2x thicker wire to prevent our customers in our stores from tearing the wires by yanking on them when they felt a button or a piece of jewelry or belt snagging on the wires. Too hard a tug can then cause a wire to break. With our new hammocks, the Especial, this happened a lot less. This is mostly a matter of ignorance. If one feels that the hammock is hooked to something, resolve it calmly and do not start jerking wildly.

Like hammocks from the Amazon forest.

Not surprisingly, net hammocks from the Amazon forest have never been commercialized. The inhabitants of the forest, lived very isolated and true Indian hammocks from the Amazon are rare and difficult to obtain and very time consuming to produce. The famous hammocks of the Warau Indians from the Orinoco Delta are made from fibers that go through an intricate manufacturing process, making them very elastic. A very long process.

We still try to source just hammocks made from plant fibers and regularly have hammocks made from the Tucum fibers in our collection. These are distinguished by their very hairy appearance, which is because the fibers are twisted by hand into threads and one does not take off the beginning, and end points of the fibers. Are quite remarkable hammocks and very much appreciated by some people, especially ladies. They are very strong and have an absolutely natural look.

ALL THE NET HAMMOCKS ARE FULLY HANDMADE