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About Hammocks

A Mexican hammock is one of the most comfortable and versatile pieces of furniture you are ever likely to come across. For over 4000 years these superb beds have been the main, and often only, piece of furniture used by the Mayan peoples of Central America. Today, millions of people all over the world use a hammock as their main choice of bed.
 




Multicoloured cotton Mexican hammock

The hammock is used extensively in Central America and is a classic example of a timeless style conveying natural strength, harmony and tranquility - major factors influencing modern Mexican interior design.

Our hammocks are handwoven in Mexico from soft, strong cotton yarn which moulds itself to the shape of your body. The end strings are made from tough nylon thread for extra strength.

Natural cotton Mexican hammock

Outside the home you do not need two ideally spaced trees for your hammock. A post, exterior wall or tree can be used as a permanent fixing point and it's a simple affair to rig up additional temporary supports. See our portable hammock stands.

Our Mexican hammocks easily fit into a shoebox and can be taken to the park, forest, campsite, etc. For travellers abroad our hammocks have become the essential item for relaxing on warm, sunny days in almost any situation.

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Mayan hammocks are used throughout southern Mexico in place of beds, sofas and chairs. They differ from later copies as their great width allows a flat sleeping posture when lying diagonally.

Hammocks were originally designed to be used diagonally. This is not possible with European hammocks which are generally very narrow and constrictive. When lying across a real hammock your body weight is evenly distributed over the weave providing good back support, a flatter lying position and much greater comfort.

Our hammocks are handmade exclusively for us on special wooden looms made to our own exacting specifications. They are not the same as Mexican style hammocks available through other outlets. In short, they are the largest, most comfortable hammocks that you will find anywhere.

The Mexican Hammock Company has been supporting smaller producer groups in Mexico for more than 30 years and is an important outlet for many small Mexican enterprises. We believe in the concept of development through small scale trade and communal, worker owned, ventures in regions of high unemployment and relative poverty.