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Hammock History: How hammocks originated
Hammocks first began appearing in Central America about 1,000 years ago. The earliest hammocks were woven from the bark of the Hamack tree. Later, the Sisal plant {similar in appearance to an Aloe Vera plant} replaced the bark as the material of choice for the hammock because it was more abundant, and rubbing them against the thigh could soften its fibers.

No hammock has a richer history than the Mayan Hammock. The hammocks originated in the Yucatan region of Mexico, a region know for its exquisite food, its rich history and pyramids, its temperate climate and its beautiful, gulf coast beaches.

Today, Mayan Hammocks are made of nylon and cotton, but the original Mayan Hammocks were made of cotton, soon after the fiber was introduced to the region by the Spaniards. Mayans quickly discovered the comfort of cotton. It can take one person as much as several weeks to make a single, handmade Mayan hammock. Today entire villages across the state of Yucatan make the hammocks to meet the growing popularity and demand for these hammocks.

The hammocks are special to Mayan people and they encompass almost every part of their lives: they are the place where people are born, sleep conceive and die.
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