A hammock. To put it plainly, this item is one of the world’s most revered and under rated comfort items. More popularly associated with beaches and Caribbean areas, there is a lot more to the hammock than just the island vibe. In this blog post, we take an in depth look at how this relaxation item has figured in some of the world’s most popular cultures.
Mostly known for surf spots, island beaches and it’s amazing mountainous land scape, El Salvador is home to one of the more strengthened hammock communities in the world. In this well known country, hammocks were commonly used by the natives to avoid having to feel the earth beneath them shake to its very core. Years of using this item have eradicated the notion of which social class uses hammocks as this item is used by any part of El Salvadorian society, irrespective of social standing. This country has such a strong hammock following that they even have a hammock festival every first week of November. Safe to say should you drop by this island haven, a hammock is not far from your sights.
The birth place of the Mayan Hammock, this country is not only known for tacos, tequila and nachos, but for popularizing the use of the hammock. So much so that they developed what we know to be one of the more popular items in the hammock industry today, the “Mayan Hammock”. Typically woven by hand, and via a loom, this traditional style of making a hammock has been passed on from generation to generation and, although this was not initially present during the existence of the Mayan civilization, this item is deeply embedded in the Mexica culture. Expect to see this in almost every home, district and town in the richly cultured city of Mexico.
We’re staying with another Latin American country as Venezuela is also popular for the use of a hammock in the homes of its people. Normally installed in an elevated fashion, Venezuelans have standardized the way hammocks are hung and this item can be found anywhere you go in the country. Standard Venezuelan hammocks are made of breathable material which allows for good airflow and prevents humidity from building up and causing problems. A thin netting was also incorporated into the style of hammock to keep mosquitos and other insects far away from the user. The netting, by design, can be switched out quickly in the event that there is rain and the new layer would have drip strings which are used to keep water from flowing down the drain. Venezuelan hammocks, as described, are definitely your friendly, ideal hammock for outdoors.
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