There is no doubt that Mexican hammocks, particularly those of the MAYAN style of the Yucatan, are the most comfortable in the world.
They can be made of cotton or nylon.
Our customers always ask us which is better, a hammock made with cotton thread or those with nylon thread.
Here we give you a simple explanation of the fibers that are used in the hammocks of the Yucatan.
COTTON is a natural fiber; it is one of the most important soft fibers in the world. Its cultivation began in India many centuries ago. The word cotton means FINE FABRICS.
In all cases the body of our hammocks are made of cotton thread, the hammock arms are now made of polyester to give them greater strength and durability.
The main characteristics of the COTTON hammocks are:
Smoothness The cotton hammocks are soft and pleasant to the touch. They provide a maximum protection to the skin that is in contact.
Breathability Naturally, the air flows freely, as does a 100% cotton t-shirt, apart from the fact that the Maya hammock by the opening weave makes it very cool.
In Yucatan, 90% of population uses the hammock to sleep at night in their homes.
Hammocks made of cotton thread absorb sweat and allow the skin to breathe.
Hypoallergenic, many studies have been done and our cotton hammocks attenuate and prevent risks of irritation, itching, infections and allergies ( hammocks made with Henequen or Sisal yarn and those of synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon and polyester can cause all of this).
Durability cotton hammocks used properly can last for many years. They are very washable (be careful not to entangle the arm).
Our company Hammocks Rada produces the cotton and thread for the hand crafters to weave the hammocks.
Our cotton is of the best quality, one part is organic cotton produced in our own plantation in Chumayel, but most of it is category Strict Middling cotton from the state of Texas in the USA or northern states of Mexico.
The biggest danger to the cotton hammock, is rain. When a cotton hammock stays wet and does not dry for 2 or 3 days, it begins to form fungi. As with any natural fiber the decomposition process begins. Finally it will fall apart in about 3 months. Use your hammock outdoors but when it is not in use please fold it and store it in a dry place.
Colors are another weakness, with time and laundering they can fade.
“Nylon” means synthetic fiber in the Yucatan
We must distinguish between 3 types of synthetic yarns, POLYPROPYLENE, NYLON and POLYESTER. They are difficult to distinguish by sight or touch.
POLYPROPYLENE: 95% of the synthetic hammocks are made with this material. Almost everything sold as NYLON is in fact POLYPROPYLENE.
In Yucatan there are 3 factories of polypropylene yarn, one of those is ours. This material is the cheapest of all.
Its main advantages are the durability (when kept in the shade) and its rapid drying when wet or washed, its low density in weight (more yards of thread per pound of product), great variety of colors and brilliance.
Two disadvantages must be mentioned:
1) They are not compatible with UV rays, the sun seriously damages the polypropylene, its prolonged exposure to the sun in very hot places causes the hammock begins to degrade in 6 months.
2) This hammock is not as comfortable or fresh as the cotton. The fabric is more rigid and does not have the same elasticity as cotton.
NYLON. This raw material is more difficult to obtain and is quite expensive. The price is almost double that of polypropylene but the durability is worth it. We have made tests and we already have 100% nylon hammocks with more than 9 years in the extreme sun of Yucatan... The color of the hammock has faded a little but its solidity is the same. Resistant to sun and water. These hammocks are sold exclusively under the name DURASOL.
POLYESTER. We have been working with this synthetic material since 2016 it is difficult to obtain. We import the raw material from Asia and we are using it in the arms of our cotton hammocks with excellent results.
The colors are a bit limited. It is heavier than polypropylene.
The advantage is that it is excellent for outdoor use and UV rays do not damage the hammock.
Our company is socially responsible with more than 500 families that weave our hammocks in remote areas of the Maya zone of Yucatan and Quintana Roo.