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How Hammocks Are Made

Unlike many mass produced hammocks from China, a lot of work and care goes into the weaving and production of Brazilian and Mexican hammocks. It’s an age-old process where the hammocks are woven on vertical looms that have two cylindrical posts and two horizontal crossbars. Usually, the loom used for weaving is about 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide. They’re made of strong tree branches that are as thick as a broom handle and are usually made by hand. Likewise, these hammocks are very light weight, but extremely durable– allowing the worker to move them inside out with ease. Women are usually the ones who weave these hammocks, and you typically see them working on these outside, except for when the weather is hot, when they retreat inside the house.

Here’s how hammocks are woven:

STEP 1: THE LOOM IS WRAPPED

This is the initial step in weaving a hammock. The person must wrap as much twine as she can around the hammock and around the vertical posts, while the remaining parts of the thread would be wrapped around the weaving shuttles.

A Mayan Lady Weaving a Hammock on a Loom

The crochet reinforcement placed on the edges of the woven bed must be created, because this supports the hammock bed in retaining its natural shape. For a good hammock that’s quite large, it’ll need about 20 rows of this reinforcement. Sometimes, to ensure its durability, nylon is used even for cotton hammocks.

STEP 3: WEAVING THE END LOOPS

The end loops of the hammock should be woven together in order to form endstrings, better known as loops. These loops should be fully tightened, because it’s the part that gives the hanging support, strength, and durability a hammock needs.

These end hooks and bindings are often made of nylon, in order to ensure that it could handle the weight of the person, and it’s also made by hand.

STEP 4: INTERWEAVE THE YARN

It’s important to interweave the yarn on the shuttles that’s wrapped around the hammock loom. This also determines how skilled, creative, or artistic the weaver can be. There is a lot of patterns that could be created, depending on how the colors would be woven in the hammock. However, there are instances where no particular pattern is being followed– this results to a very wild looking hammock.

Additionally, during the weaving process, it’s important to maintain constant, uniform tension on the wrap. The reason behind is, if the tension is too tight, then there’s a tendency that one part of the hammock would end up having a hump, or it’ll turn out to be too soft, that you’ll notice a dip in your hammock. Also, improper tension is one of the signs that the hammock was done by an inexperienced weaver, because learning how to weave a hammock could be somewhat difficult.

STEP 5: REMOVING THE WOVEN BEDS

The woven beds should be carefully taken off the loom once you’re ready to tie the end strings of the hammock. It could be taken to a specialist for that process, because it’s important to ensure that the end strings or loops are strong enough, so that it could hold any amount of weight.

FINAL STEP: WRAPPING THE END STRINGS TIGHTLY

For the final step, the end strings should be wrapped tightly in order to provide the strength needed for the hanging strings and the binding loop. Just like what has been mentioned earlier, proper tension is crucial, because you don’t want to end up with a hammock that has a lot of humps or dips.

There you go that’s all the work and care that goes into a South American hammock. And that’s the reason we only supply from these regions, quality hammocks that last a long, long time.