It is doubtful that the majority of users of Mayan hammocks have any idea of what an amazing process the making of a hammock is. These next posts and photos will be an effort to bring some of this to light. When I look at our shelves of hundreds of hammocks in all colors of the rainbow and beyond, they may appear as simple artifacts, as I suppose they are. But let me transport you to the village into the home of Noemi Colli Chilam from the village of Chican. She is 43 years old, married with two children and has been weaving hammocks for our company for ten years. The cottage is surrounded by vegetable garden and a few chickens and a small number of farm animals. Like many of our weavers she makes hammocks to bring in extra income for her family. Her bastidore is set up outside now in the coolness of fall. When she is not weaving she will be cooking for her family on the ubiquitous wood burning stoves of the region, which impart that faint smokey aroma to the cotton hammocks.
Entering the Village of Chumayel is to drop back in time and space to an ancient way of life and living. The houses are constructed in the old Mayan style of vertical pole and beam, palm thatched roofs and ventilated stick construction. In every home you can look into the door, or even through the walls and see the hammocks. Either inside or outside, depending on inclination and weather, you can often see the Bastidors, or weaving frames with hammocks in process.
Any story of the Mayan hammock begins with the land, pressed flat by the hot hand of God, washed by hurricanes and tropical storms. It is a land constructed of rocks and burnt red dirt, covered with such vegetation as can survive the brutal conditions of intense heat and poor soil. The ancestors of the Maya appear to have crossed the Bering Straits from Mongolia, and found ways to adapt to their new home land. The particular adaptation that is the focus of this story is the hamaca, or hammock, which is a wondrous invention that has become one of the defining products of this great people and their land.
Camping has been a popular summer vacation idea, and the popularity is not dwindling anytime soon. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy and be one with nature, see other parts of this beautiful country, and enjoy a peaceful vacation with the family. All ages enjoy the outdoors. Camp fires, tents, sleeping bags, swimming, and hiking define spending the day under the sun and stars. You have your choice of camping locations, or sites, but most popular are the parks. No matter where you choose to pitch your tent though, the risk is the same. Mosquitoes are a problems for every camper and they are not going away. Mosquito nets are the solution that are a must for every camper.
1.“About 3 million people camp at parks run by the National Park Service every year according to the Outdoor Industry Association.”1
a.Parks are a safe way to spend time camping with the family. With services such as lodging, water, restrooms, and organized activities you will not be bored. Many campers enjoy spending the day at by the lake and the evening under the stars.
2.“Mosquitoes can smell the carbon dioxide in a human’s breath from over 100 feet away.”2
a.Mosquitoes attract to all adults and children in their close proximity. Nighttime is the easiest time for a mosquito to bite an individual, especially if sleeping in a sleeping bag or tent.
3.“While mosquitoes can carry various diseases like malaria, West Nile and encephalitis, only 29 percent of the respondents said they fear mosquitoes for health reasons, while nearly 60 percent fear mosquitoes because of those perpetually-itchy bites.”3
a.Some campers still are unaware of the seriousness of mosquito bites. With West Nile in the news more and more it is critical to protect both adults and children from unnecessary mosquito bites that could carry diseases.
4. “All mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is also widespread. However, global efforts to stop the spread of mosquitoes are having little effect, and many scientists think global warming will likely increase their number and range.”4
a.Camping near a lake increases your risk of itchy and dangerous mosquito bites, therefore a mosquito net becomes even more important to protect yourself and your family. Use a single or double sleeping bag net so that you can sleep comfortably and still enjoy the stars.
5.“Basically, the mosquito net should be wide enough to cover the person sleeping without touching the body. If there is contact between the skin and the net, chances are that mosquitoes will find these surfaces and have a meal.”5
a.Ensuring that you have the right size and setup will keep you bite-free and worry-free throughout your entire camping trip.
Mosquito netting is the solution you are looking for to protect your family as they sleep. Select the right size to cover your sleeping bags and enjoy camping under the stars.