Where are Hamacama hammocks made?
Hamacama hammocks come from Mérida, a city on the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.
By the way, historically this area is considered one of the presumed birthplaces of hammocks.
On clay vessels more than 1000 years old, there are images of high-ranking Mayan personalities in hammocks (see History of the Hammock).
Every hammock is unique: What does that mean?
Each hammock is woven by hand and in 4 steps a unique hammock is created
A small manufactory provides cotton threads. In the case of coloured hammocks, the cotton is also dyed. Exception are the high-quality mercerized cotton threads of the Heaven hammock which are bought in (1st step).
The wing of the hammocks is woven by Mayan women and men in their own homes with the cotton threads provided.
To do this, they use a wooden frame (2nd step), which determines the size of the wing.
With a manual weaver’s shuttle (also called a weaver’s spindle), they weave the threads (3rd step).
The knotting technique is an old tradition and is passed down from generation to generation from mother to daughter. Most of these families belong to the classical middle class. The men go out to work while the women stay at home, do the housework and look after the children. To earn a little extra money, they make the hammock wings.
An organizer in the village oversees a small manufactory that employs three to five men.
As soon as the Mayan women have finished a wing, the wings are picked up and brought to the small business for completion.
There the threads for the suspension are attached to the wings and the attachment points are knotted (4th step).
Then, in classic Mayan tradition, the employees fold the hammock and tie it up with cotton thread to make it ready for transport.
How do Mayan families live today?
Hammock are the sleeping place that you can find in every Mayan house. During the day, the hammocks are taken down to make room. For sleeping or taking a siesta, the hammock is quickly hung up again on the two hooks.
From an early age, Mayan children are accustomed to sleeping in a hammock. Even babies are placed in the hammock instead of a cradle. With the right knotting technique, they can’t fall out here. And the rocking lulls them to sleep.