There is no doubt that Mexican hammocks, particularly those of Yucatan, MAYAN style are the most comfortable of all in the planet. Since not having wooden bars, the thread mold to the human body.
Our customers always ask us which is better, whether the hammock made with cotton thread or those of nylon thread. Here we give you a small explanation of the fibers that are used in the hammocks of Yucatan, our company Hammocks Rada produces from the cotton to the finished thread ready 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.
COTTON is a natural fiber, it is the most important soft fiber in the world, its cultivation began in India many centuries ago. The word cotton means FINE FABRICS. In all cases, our hammocks are made of cotton thread on the body; the hammock arm is now made of polyester to give it greater strength and durability.
The main characteristics of the COTTON hammocks are:
Smoothness. The cotton hammocks, are soft and pleasant to the touch, provides a maximum protection to the skin that is in contact in the.
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 use 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 using them properly can last for many years. They are very well washed (be careful not to entangle the arm). The biggest weakness of the cotton hammock, is rain, when a cotton hammock stays wet and does not dry in 2 or 3 days, begins to form fungi, then the decomposition process as a natural fiber until finally Rots in about 3 months. We ask you to use it on the outside, but when is not in use please fold it and store it. Colors are another weakness, with time and laundering can diminish the brilliance and rigor. The hammocks of synthetic fibers, in Yucatan, is called NYLON to all synthetic. We must distinguish of 3 types of synthetic yarns, POLYPROPYLENE, NYLON and POLYESTER are often confused with sight and touch.
POLYPROPYLENE: 95% of the synthetic hammocks are made with this material. Almost everything sold as NYLON is POLYPROPYLENE. In Yucatan there are 3 factories of polypropylene yarn, we are also one of those. This material is the cheapest of all. Its main advantages are the durability in shade, its rapid drying when wet or wash, its low density in weight (more yards of thread per 1 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 in 6 months the hammock begins to degrade. 2) The hammock is not as comfortable or fresh as the cotton ... to be made with a synthetic fiber the fabric is more rigid and does not allow as cotton the necessary elasticity.
NYLON. This raw material difficult to obtain is extremely expensive, is almost double that of polypropylene but the durability in exterior worth it. We have made tests and we already have hammocks with more than 9 years in the extreme sun of Yucatan and 100% nylon has achieved ... the color of the hammock has already dropped a little but its solidity is the same. Resistant to sun and water. These hammocks are sold exclusively under the name DURASOL.
POLYESTER. This synthetic material we have been working on since 2016 is difficult to obtain, we import the raw material from Asia and we are using it in the arm of our cotton hammocks with excellent results. The colors are a bit limited. Is more heavy than polypropylene. But with the advantage that it is excellent for outdoors use and UV rays do not damage its hammock. Our company is socially responsible with more than 500 families that weave our hammocks in remote populations of the Maya zone of Yucatan and Quintana Roo.