It is believed that the hammock dates back some 1,000 years to Central America, where the Maya and other indigenous peoples crafted them out of tree bark or plant fibers. While tree bark and plant fibers have been replaced by softer materials, Mayan artisans continue to preserve time-honored customs.
Mayan hammocks are hand woven on a loom that has two polls and the individual threads are not tied in a knot but simply crossed against each other making the hammock not only extraordinarily comfortable, since the woven net adapts to the body, but highly resistant because the body weight is evenly distributed across the hammock surface.
Daniela Corzo, founder of Textitlan, partners with two female artisan collectives or Centros Comunitarios, located in two different villages of Campeche, each one made up of 20 artisan women. Each artisan works from Monday to Friday for about 4-5 hours a day, completing one hammock in 2-3 weeks.
The Vela and Vita hammocks are hand-woven using 100% cotton. Each style features intricate macrame fringes, reflecting the expertise of talented artisans.
Measurements: 160"L x 80"W
*All items sold by Vía Raíz are handmade. Therefore they may have small "imperfections" or slight variations of color and design between each product—we think that is part of the beauty of having something made with care by individual artisans. Our website photos are a close representation of this piece, but may not be identical to the one you receive.