All of our hammocks are triple-woven, a technique where three threads are interwoven in a continuous, overlapping manner throughout the whole hammock body.
Triple-woven hammocks are far superior to double-woven Mexican hammocks where the weave is very loose, providing much less support and which sag quickly. A double-woven hammock may be described as 'Large' or 'Huge' because it will appear to open very wide. There can be no comparison, however, when it comes to quality, comfort and longevity. In short - make sure your hammock is triple-woven.
All of our hammocks are tension-checked to ensure that no threads bear excessive weight by being too tightly stretched in relation to the surrounding weave when the hammock is in use.
Our hammocks are made with loving care and attention by craftspeople who are proud of their reputation and skill and who would abhor the idea of being associated with a poor quality product.
Which size is best for you?
You should bear the following in mind when trying to decide on the best size of hammock for you.
Our Chacmool and Cozaana hammocks are approximately equal in length and hence need roughly the same amount of space to hang (approx. 3.5m minimum). The difference is in the width of the net itself and the number of threads making up the main body. For the Caribe Hammock you need slightly less space, around 3.1m minimum.
The Cozaana is an incredibly comfortable hammock, however you would notice a dramatic difference if you compared it to the Chacmool. The Chacmool is much more comfortable as you are under less tension due to the greater number of threads supporting you. You will acheive a much flatter lying position and feel completely relaxed and at ease.
So whats the verdict?
If cost is a prime factor (or weight when hiking, travelling, etc.) then the Cozaana is a good choice. In general, however, we would recommend the Chacmool. The price difference over the number of years you are likely to own your hammock is minimal and it is simply the most luxurious hammock you can buy.
Size and quality vary enormously in the handwoven Mexican style of hammock. We work directly with a small number of craftspeople and have developed an excellent system of quality control which ensures that you receive the finest product of its type currently available.
Please do not confuse our hammocks with other, so-called 'Mexican hammocks' which are often second grade, double-woven and purchased in bulk from intermediaries. The practice of distributing inferior quality hammocks and the introduction of additional handlers in the chain between producer and consumer does nothing to promote the use and enjoyment of hammocks in Europe or to support the Fair Trade movement.
Purchasing from us not only stimulates the growth of fair trade but also helps to support and protect children in danger in Central America through our donations to Casa Alianza.
The Mexican Hammock Company was established in 1983 to provide an outlet in Europe for co-operative based groups in rural Mexico producing handwoven Mayan hammocks. We are a UK-Mexico joint venture which aims to develop reliable sources of income for rural communities in the southern Mexico.