Which materials are used to make a hammock?
We primarily weave in cotton, nylon, and coated cotton strings. For special orders we can weave using different materials.
How long will cotton or nylon last?
A hammock made from cotton or nylon can last for years if you take care of it. A hammock should not be left outside for longer periods, as sun, wind, and rain takes its toll on the strings in the hammock. Especially the combination of wind and either sun or rain wears down a hammock. When it is windy it makes the hammock move just as if a person was using it.
We also suggest correct attire, when using a hammock. Avoid clothes with bottoms, jewelry, shoes, watches and other items that may get caught in the strings or cut through them. If a string is cut anyway, the hammock can be repaired by braiding strings together. This should be done as soon as the cut is identified in order to avoid further damage.
What are the differences between the sizes?
We offer hammock in many different sizes. The original Mayan hammocks are available in the numbers 3,4,5,6,7, and 8 referring to the number of threads used in area in which you lie. The length is the same for every size. The difference is the width of the hammock. The bigger the number in the hammocks name, the wider it is.
We recommend the biggest sizes because they can be used by more than one person and they are the most comfortable. The biggest hammocks are also the most durable. As a rule of thumb you should always try to get the biggest hammock you have room for. Use your hammock for camping and backpacking, it is easy to transport and handle. And you will have a place to sleep or nap. Taking a nap in a hammock for siesta is a part of the daily routine for a lot of Mexicans.
How do I hang a hammock?
A hammock can be hung to a strong wall, a tree, a palm tree, in a sailing boat ect. Hang your hammock in a gentle curve, where the middle part has the same height as the seating height of a chair. Ideally the end strings should be around 2 meters from the ground and a distance of 5 meters. You can use rope, chains or strong strings when hanging your hammock. And you should use a flag knots between the rope and the hammock.
How do you wash a hammock?
Only wash you hammock if it is in dire need. Due to the diamante weaving design, it is difficult to make a hammock dirty. However, if you do wish to wash your hammock using a washing machine the end strings should be tied together and the hammock should be placed in a pillow case. If you wish to wash it in hand (which we recommend) the hammock should be put in a bucket with cold water and mild soap. Squeeze the soap into the hammock let it soak for 30 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly and hang it to dry. A cotton hammock will shrink just after it has been washed, but will resume to original size when used.
Can I choose the color of my hammock or make my own personalized color combination?
Yes you can. It is possible for you to choose a color mix to your liking. You can write your specific wishes in the note section and we will find the hammock that fits you requirements best. Another option is that we can weave a hammock for you precisely as you want it, but that takes 3 weeks. Send a picture of the fabric or color combination of your desire to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will weave it for you.
Do I receive any instructions along side my Mexican hammock?
We always send a simple guide for hanging, care taking, and knot binding with our hammocks.
What is the difference between a hammock with spreader bars and one without spreader bars?
A hammock with spreader bars is also known as an American styled hammock. It is a very decorative hammock due to its size and beauty. We recommend them for gardens and terraces. A hammock without spreader bars is a typical Mayan hammock, and these are our specialty. They were designed more than 3000 years ago by the Maya Indians, and are regarded as the most comfortable hammocks in the world. This type of hammock is also recommended for people with back problems by Chiropractors and Orthopedists world wide, as the hammock adjust to its user.
What is a Sisal hammock?
3000 years ago, when the hammock was invented, the only type of string known to the Maya Indians was sisal. Sisal is made from the henequen plant, which is grown all over the Yucatan in Mexico. The original hammocks were made from sisal fibers from the henequen plant. It is still possible to buy hammocks made from sisal, and they are very durable and strong. However, the sisal string is uneven and it can feel itchy, as it does not have the same flexibility and softness as cotton. We weave hammocks from sisal, hemp, polyester, and sansiviera by request.
Read more about Mayan hammocks. .