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Tommy Hamaca Cotton Hammocks

If you have gotten this far into the web site you know what a passionate advocate I am of the Mayan hammock.  No other hammock stretches and gives itself so willingly to your comfort and support.  Over the centuries these hammocks have been made of many materials, principally cotton, in the modern era.  The cord used in 99% of Mayan hammocks is produced in the Yucatan, of Mexican cotton.  In fact, the principal exporters of hammocks are also the manufacturers of the hammock cord.  This cord is made of short staple cotton (that is to say that the length of the fibers that are twisted into string is relatively short) produced in the very humid atmosphere of the Yucatan Peninsula.  This product is known as hammock cord or hammock string, and is adequate to the task of producing a very comfortable hammock.  It has a nice amount of give and stretch.  It also has a fair amount of snag and break, which are less than desirable qualities.  If a person of only moderate strength were to hold the string in both hands and pull, the string would snap fairly readily.  This results in one of the biggest complaints about the Mayan hammocks—snagging and breaking.  Properly cared for these hammocks can last for years, or even a decade or more.  But it does require care to realize that degree of longevity. 

In the interest of producing a better product our Mexican affiliates, with our support, experimented with a variety of other cords.  We settled on the OSO cording, which is a mercerized cord that is many times stronger than the regular cotton hammock cord.  It is also dyed throughout, which is part of the mercerization technique, giving the cord much better color retention.  Taking some of this cord in ones hands and pulling it to attempt to snap it is extremely difficult.  I think most folks would feel that their fingers were being cut off before they were even close to the breaking point of this string.  As a result, we have produced in the Tommy Hamaca line, a hammock bed of greatly increased strength and durability.

The other component of the hammock is the support harness.  These arms, as they are called, are generally made of polypropylene, usually referred to as nylon.  It is actually not nylon, though it is similar in strength and feel.  While polypropylene is very strong, unless an ingredient is added to the liquid mix before it is stretched into string, it is vulnerable to UV deterioration.  Because this additive is expensive, it is not added by any one manufacturer, because that would put their price point above that of the competition.  It has also been known to occur that extraneous materials such as recycled pop bottles and the like have been added to the mix to cut costs.  These factors have lead to occasional failures in the field of the support strings after a period of use in sunny situations.  This is why we generally suggest the all polypro hammocks be used only in shaded locations.

In the Tommy Hamaca line of cotton hammocks we use only true nylon, which is resistant to UV deterioration, in the support arms.  This combination of better (and more expensive) materials, and the fact that we entrust these materials only to our best weavers, has produced a cotton hammock that we feel is superior to any comparable product.



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