The Venezuelan Curagua is a supreme example of traditional handicraft. Each hammock is woven in the Aguasay district from fibers laboriously twisted from the dry branches of the curagua, washed with blue soap, and left to dry in the Sun for one day. Then the fibers are joined and elaborated by a process of bunching or rolling, and finally, are spun into thread. This process alone, for one hammock takes weeks. Once the spinning is complete the weaving can take up to 10 hours a day for months to produce a hammock as delicate as a spiders web and as fresh smelling as new mown hay. Yet for all that this hammock is sturdy, as well as comfortable and beautiful.
The Curagua Hammock is approximately 13 feet in total length with an approximate width of six to seven feet. It is very comfortable for a large adult or even two if they are getting along nicely. It is very strong, but has not been rated for weight capacity. This majestic hammock was awarded the “Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts” by UNESCO in 2011 which is a recognition of its quality and authenticity, as well as its environmental responsibility.