Hammock History

Historia de las Hamacas

The hammock is used to sleep or rest objects. It is a net made of canvas or thin thread or cord that is attached to two firm points. The hammock comes from the Taíno word which means "fishing net". It also originates from the word "hammock" which in Latin means fishing net and its use as a bed or hammock in fishing operations and remote areas of the residence. These are not loom fabrics, they are just a set of sturdy vegetable fibers and cables.


They are made of different materials and the quality depends, especially on the warp and the number of threads used. Hammocks are so important to the heart of the Caribbean people that even in the meanest homes there are hooks on the walls for hanging. Hammocks after the 16th century have been used by sailors on ships; since the hammock moves to the rhythm of the boat and the sleeper does not run the risk of being thrown to the ground. Hammocks originally made of cotton, sisal, pita or agave and dyed with vegetable dyes and dyes, a variety of designs and colors, are currently made of polyester fibers, but finally the most used material for them is polypropylene. There is a return to traditions. , to plant fiber.


As with some other devices or items produced by Native Americans, there are regional birth disputes. Its use spread throughout the world by commercial companies in the 16th century. Created on looms with cotton threads that are woven into warp and weft, a process by which the warp passes above and below the frame, crossing to finally form the hammock. Hammocks are standard items in almost every home in the Yucatan and Caribbean states. They were not part of the classic Mayan civilization; It was said that he had arrived in Yucatan from the Caribbean less than two centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. Manufactured and used throughout the American continent, in places such as the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela, Panama. In Argentina and Uruguay it is called a hammock to a hammock (to distinguish the swing, called a hammock to dry). On the Tehuantepec isthmus in Mexico, it is one of the largest hammock productions in America; A little further north in the Sierra Juárez is San Pablo Yaganiza with a unique type of hammock, currently made in Spain by textile artisans. Hammocks are also called folding chairs for sunbathing on the beach or pool. They usually consist of a folding metal frame and wooden or stitched tarp or on the playground.

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