Central American Hammocks(40 items)
Welcome to the Central American Hammock Collection at NOVICA.
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On the contrary! Hammocks that have been properly set up can reduce pressure on your spine and minimize tossing and turning that often leads to back problems. Furthermore, the gentle rocking associated with hammocks can activate your vestibular system and enhance relaxation. Those with pre-existing back problems should always consult a physician before engaging in any activity that causes discomfort.
Hammocks can be hung from trees, posts, walls, or hammock stands. Healthy trees (12"/ 31cm diameter or larger) can support hammocks with the use of eyebolts. If you do not have access to healthy trees or simply want an alternative, well-footed posts (4” x 4” or greater) are one option. The timber should be weather-treated hardwood (not soft wood), without cracks or wood rot. Secure walls (not hollow) or secure joists are other alternatives.
Hammocks that have not been properly set up can harm or kill trees. A hammock should never be secured to a sapling or a tree that cannot accommodate a person’s weight. Tree damage primarily occurs when a hammock has been tied to a tree using cord or rope, which destroys the tree’s bark and subsequently exposes it to infection, insects, and environmental stressors. While eyebolts drill directly into the tree, they do not leave exposed openings in the bark because they are filled with the eye-hook. Often a tree will even produce sap around the hole to further seal any gap between the hardware and the surrounding bark.It is possible to purchase tree straps that can be used to suspend a hammock from trees without doing the trees any harm. Such straps can be found at hammock stores and many sporting goods stores.
Single hammocks are intended for use by one adult only, with a maximum weight capacity of 250-300 lbs. Double hammocks can be used by up to 2 adults, with a maximum total weight capacity of 450 lbs. And triple hammocks can be safely used by up to 3 adults, with a maximum total weight of 550 lbs.
While today, hammocks are used for relaxation and leisure, 1,000 years ago, they served a different function. Ancient Mayans are believed to have originally used them as protective beds. Hammocks elevated early users from the ground, where poisonous snakes and insects were a threat. They kept sleepers cool in warm climates and were easy to transport and set up. It is rumored that when Christopher Columbus glimpsed the benefits of the hammock to the Taino people of the Bahamas, he capitalized on the opportunity and brought them back to Europe.
Hammocks can be made from a variety of materials. The most traditional is cotton, which is lightweight, comfortable, and easily transportable. Rope (both cotton and polyester) is also a popular material for hammocks. Typically, they use spreader bars, which make them breathable in warm climates. Some hammocks are made of nylon, which is very lightweight and resistant to outdoor elements, such as mildew and mold.
Featured Review on Central American Hammocks
Las Trampas Hammock Artisans Hammocks
“We are hopeful that our hard work will create a lot of demand so that it can help us improve the quality of life in our community.”
Popular Central American Hammocks
Purple Multicolor Stripes Fabric Hammock (Single) Guatemala, "Boysenberry Volcano"$109.99
Featuring multicolored vibrant stripes underscored by a rich boysenberry hue, this single hammock is lightweight and comfortable, with cotton cords and iron rings for hanging. The hammock is woven by hand on the backstrap loom by Las Trampas Hammock Artisans of Guatemala, who hope to preserve traditional hammock crafting techniques.
Striped Handwoven Recycled Cotton Blend Single Hammock, "Relaxing Breeze"$169.99
Kick back and relax in this single hammock handwoven in white with colorful stripes of black, red, light blue, green and grey. The Arrieta Roman Family of artisans from Costa Rica gives new life to reclaimed fabric trimmings from garment factories, creating this hammock from an eco-friendly blend of recycled cotton and polyester.
Aqua Color Striped Hammock Hand Woven in Guatemala, "Lake Haven"
The women from Las Trampas preserve the hammock weaving traditions started by the ancient Maya. "Hammocks are very comfortable, perfect for a good night's sleep after a hard day's work. That's one of the reasons we enjoy creating new designs," the Guatemalan artisans tell us. They weave two individual cotton panels on a traditional backstrap loom to create this single size hammock in a fresh jade hue with orange, beige, and light and dark blue stripes.