Hammock History   Many anthropologists believe that the hammock was first crafted by Mayan Indians and other indigenous people in Central America over 1,000 years ago. Columbus and his men may have been the first Europeans to find the native Taino people of the Bahamas using woven hammocks as beds. Suspending the hammock above ground kept people cool and helped to protect them from rodents, snakes and other poisonous creatures.

Spanish explorers brought the woven hammock home and hammocks became popular throughout Europe. By the 16th century English and Spanish navies began began using hammocks as beds on their ships. These European style hammocks were often made from heavy canvas material making them less ventilated and less comfortable than the woven hammock.  


The threads of the Mayan hammock are woven and have very few knots, this type of this type of weave allows the net-like material to change shape and form to one's body. Every part of the body is supported by the hammock, with no pressure points.  Described as the feeling of weightlessness, it is also ie "zero gravity".  Our customers often say, "I feel like I'm floating on air."

In the United States, hammocks with wooden spreader bars are most common. Spreading a hammock with one's own body, rather than bars, is precisely why Mayan hammocks are so comfortable.  Many customers tell stories about "flipping out" of hammocks. Hammocks with spreader bars are easily flipped, while Mayan  hammocks cradle the body which makes them virtually impossible to fall out of.


Hammock Therapy: Good for the Mind and Body   Studies have shown that woven hammocks, without spreader bars, allow for relief from back and neck pain. Our friend Joe Chasnoff, who is a woodworker in WV,  occasionally experiences severe lower back pain that puts him out of work. He said, "When my back goes out, I go to my hammock. The support it provides brings relief that no amount of aspirin can. In the hammock, my lower back muscles relax and the pain disappears."

About Us  In 1994, we began purchasing hammocks from weavers in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Many of these weavers, with whom we have become personally acquainted, are now able to spend more time at home weaving hammocks and less time traveling to sell to tourists in the cities. 

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We take joy in knowing that our endeavors in assisting with the distribution and sale of these hammocks puts food on the tables of children and families in the remote villages where they reside. 

Making our hammocks affordable allows us to sell more, which increases production  for our Mayan friends and makes us feel good about the exchange, win! win! You can find us at music festivals as we spread the word about Mayan hammocks and allow people to see their beauty and experience their comfort. 


We take joy in knowing that our endeavors in assisting with the distribution and sale of these hammocks puts food on the tables of children and families in the remote villages where they reside. 

Making our hammocks affordable allows us to sell more, which increases production  for our Mayan friends and makes us feel good about the exchange, win! win! You can find us at music festivals as we spread the word about Mayan hammocks and allow people to see their beauty and experience their comfort


Mayan Indian Hammocks are amoung  the most comfortable hammocks in the world because of the way they cradle the body and form to an individual's shape.