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Mayan Hammocks are all hand made, and no two are exactly alike, each one has its own unique characteristics. The technology behind the weaving of Mayan hammocks has been passed down through the ancient Mayan culture for over 1000 years, often, the artisans who make them were apprenticed as children, and have learnt their craft as part of their way of life, their skill and attention leading to hammocks which are said to be the most comfortable in the world.
As Mayan hammocks do not generally use spreader bars, their hanging style, with its low centre of gravity, creates a stable, and therefore relaxing and secure experience. Mayan hammocks are actually designed to be layed in cross-ways, so as to provide maximum comfort, and the thin to medium thin fibres used to produce these hammocks are designed to mold themselves perfectly to the contours of your body more than any other hammock.
Whilst Mayan hammocks are traditionally hand-woven from 100% cotton, nylon-based Mayan hammocks are also now available, and retain most of the comfort whilst also being much more durable than the traditional Mayan hammock. Since the traditional Mayan hammock is made from a mesh of extremely thin cotton strings, they can quite easily be snagged by sharp obejects, or zips, etc, so taking care is a must with these types of hammock, however, delicate though their weave makes them, Mayan hammocks last a great many years when cared for.
Mayan hammocks are very light-weight, and can be stored just about anywhere, be careful of the damp though, as cotton hammocks can rot in damp conditions, just like any other cotton product. Like Brazilian hammocks, Mayan hammocks are as much prized for their aesthetic beauty as for their practical convenience or comfort. The artisans who produce them can incorporate over two miles of cord into each hammock, and view each one as a work of art - brightly coloured in traditional rows of stripes.
People all over the world incorporate them into their homes as a design feature (which handily doubles as an excellent place to unwind), and their excellent back support has brought recommendations from all quarters of the medical professions for their therapeutic qualities.
It is strongly recommended that you hang them with a rope, hanging hardware kit, or specially equipped tree straps to put them between trees, as they don't work with regular or large hammock stands. Tree straps will also help to protect the tree in question. A space of 13 to 16 feet is recommended to hang them properly. The hooks should be put between 5-7 feet high depending on the length of the hammock, so as to make sure you stay comfortably off the ground.
About the Author: Tom West, 2006,
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