Wouldn't it be nice to be able to take a vacation once a week? Unfortunately most of us can't, not necessarily because of finances but because of all the time commitments we have in our day to day life. However there are over 10,000 minutes in the week so it is certainly within our power to take a few of those moments for ourselves, curled up or stretched out with a good book on a relaxing cotton hammock swinging and swaying away the tension, just close your eyes and you can feel the sea breeze. Featured below are cotton hammocks from Brazil handcrafted by skilled artisans.
The early mention of hammocks was by Christopher Columbus in the 15th Century upon his arrival in the new world. He made reference to the natives sleeping in as he called them nets.
Hand made cross-woven Brazilian hammocks are very colorful and made from thick, soft cotton cloth that is very durable yet comfortable and soft to your skin. If left out in the elements they will slowly fade over time and take on the feel of a pair of your favorite jeans.
Originating from craftsmen of Brazil's Tapeba Indians, who use them as their beds on a daily basis, so their comfort and balance has been tried and tested.
The weave of these hammocks is tight and the tighter the weave the more support you have as you relax in the hammock. The bed is soft, supple, and durable like canvas, leaving less of the net-like impressions on your skin than a wide-weave net hammock, especially the type made of synthetic materials.
Brazilian hammocks do not feature a wooden separator at each end, and are designed to be used lying diagonally, which is a tradition, their tight-weave, with a lower center of gravity provides a non-tipping feature.
Brazil is rich with artisans and culture which has influenced their design of hammocks, and their use of vibrant colors, like deep blues, vibrant reds, purples, and many other intense hues which are featured in their creations.
4 Things To Consider When Selecting A HammockYou might not factor in some elements when making this important purchase and thing they are all the same. They are not! The variety goes far beyond what you may have expected and to make the best choice, you need to consider where it's going and who will use it. This will give you more bang for your buck with this backyard accessory.
1/ The selection in fabrics would be the most obvious choice you need to make. What do you like the feel of? Is moisture an issue? Surprisingly there are a number of synthetics that are as soft and comfortable as cotton and have the advantage of not holding moisture so and drying so fast that mildew is never an issue. Cotton is the soft natural feel so many of us still enjoy. Tried, tested and true. The choice is yours! With these typically staying outdoors long term, the fact that the hammock fibers are UV protected, strong and durable should be an important factor for purchase as well. You are investing in a wonderful outdoor piece of furniture and you want it to last. You want to avoid cheaply made units that wear in the sun, with the fibers degrading and being prone to sagging, ripping or tearing.
2/ The correct installation, set up and use of the hammock can bring up safety issues. Making sure the hammock secured properly, and the end anchors being able to withstand the weight are key elements. Also having it tied off on securely, another factor that you really don't want to leave as guess work. If necessary get a stand to make the hammock 100% secure, it won't tip and you can move it wherever you want. Another consideration is with respect to the rope style hammocks. If you have a dog or young children that may be on the hammock the open weave hammocks may be difficult for them to get in and out of. This can be a problem for some adults too! Think of who may be testing this out, and make sure it's a good feel, set up and strong enough.
3/ Size and weight tolerance need to be reviewed to insure that your hammock can withstand what you're going to put in it. For more than one person, you may want to look at a hammock with spreader bars that pull the fabric across into a flat surface. Also some hammocks take more weight than others. Some are not as wide or long, this is not only a consideration for who will be in it but where you are placing it. Look at the specifications carefully so you have the information you need to make your selection.
4/ The Color and pattern won't make it any more or less comfortable and enjoyable, however it will look great with the rest of your outdoor furnishings when you choose wisely. If you have worked to create an attractive cohesive look and feel to your outdoor living space you'll want to select a hammock that flatters your decor. Bright and bold colors or the basic neutral rope style, there are many options to choose from and find tha hammock that suits your style. A hammock can be a very enjoyable outdoor accessory. For you to be happy you're your purchase you want to find an attractive, durable and safe and strong accessory for your outdoor living. Keeping the listed criteria in mind should allow everyone to enjoy the purchase and provide them all the ultimate place to take a break.