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A TASTE OF HAMMOCKS

Long before the modern ages, for at least 2000 years, the Indians of Central and South America were sleeping in hammocks. It is amazing, that in an era where the mode of transportation was foot travel, the Indians spread the word of the hammock from Tribe to Tribe. Indians from the area of what is now Southern Mexico to the Amazon Jungles of South America used hammocks as beds. Even in areas of the Amazon which are still inaccessible, the Indians slept in hammocks and still do. Still in this era, from Central America to the Amazon, millions of Indians and local residents from European decent, sleep in hammocks.

These weaving skills are one unknown aspect of these civilizations which are famous for their pyramids. The Indians made their hammocks from local natural fibers, using similar weaving materials, but in each area different local fibers were available and they dried the plants, extracted the fibers, and spun them into cord which they then wove into hammocks. The Indians of Yucatan used natural fibers from a cactus which produced sisal fibers. Other Indians dried bark from plants and trees to produce the natural fibers. In fact when the Spaniards arrived and asked the Indians what they called the hammocks, the Indians told them the Indian name for the bark that was used, and that name sounded like ’hamacas”, so that is what the Spaniards named them. There were no synthetics in these eras. There was no electricity in these eras. Yet they used the skills of their hands and simple basic looms, made of wood, to weave their beds.

In this modern era there about 100,000 million people who sleep in hammocks. Half of those people live in Central and South America. Most of these people sleep in handmade hammocks. The art of making the best woven, the finest woven, the most comfortable hammocks has been developed to its highest degree by the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan Peninsula. Now they are made with the finest modern materials. The best of these modern materials are finely spun cotton string, and a new era of recycled cotton has been introduced in these hammocks by HANGOUTS. Hangouts has been working with the Mayan skilled weavers since the early 1980’s and has strove to develop the highest level of quality, and a consistent sizing system which aids the purchaser in deciding the best size for them.

Of course through the years the consensus of purchasers from HANGOUTS has been the Mayan Large Double a super comfortable hammock which is ideal for 1,2 or 3 people and a great bed for napping or overnight sleep. The other most popular HANGOUTS Hammock, and the number one EcoHammock, the Mayan King is a hammock made from recycled cotton and can hold up to 4 people.

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