Fabric Hammock or Rope Hammock

March 17, 2018 3 min read

At Hammocks Australia our speciality since starting our hammock business in 2009 has been hand-woven Mexican hammocks. These are a hand-woven rope-type hammock and we love the fact that they are traditionally handmade in small villages and each hammock purchased provides a direct benefit back to these Mayan communities. Often employment opportunities are low and poverty is high in these areas so we are proud to support these skilled weavers and help provide them with sustainable employment, fair wages and further help within their communities. We also believe the quality and comfort of these hammocks are among if not the best in the world.

Hammock weaving in Mexico

In recent years we have expanded our range to include hammocks from other countries and in full fabric material. So as you browse our site you will see the different types and may be wondering what is the difference between Mexican woven rope hammocks and fabric hammocks and the benefits of each. So this article will hopefully answer those questions for you.

Rope Hammocks - Mexican Hammocks

Our rope hammock range consists of Mexican handmade hammocks and the material is actually soft cotton cord rather than rope. Probably most easily described as looking like a fishnet, with the hammock cords interwoven to create the body of the hammock. This allows each cord to stretch and move independently shaping perfectly to your body shape. The huge multitude of cords ensures greater strength as each cord is supported by the surrounding cords. Mexican woven net hammocks are well regarded as the most comfortable hammocks in the world.

The net design further works well in allowing greater airflow, keeping you cooler on those hot summer days making it a summer favourite. It also allows the hammock to spread out very wide providing additional benefit for tall people, sharing and for sleeping in. The open weave works well should your hammock get caught in the rain as it doesn't absorb as much water and dry quickly in the sun and wind.

Mexican hammocks are generally all the same length with our hammocks ranging from 3.80m - 4.10m, but expand wider by size as the traditional way to lie is across the hammock.

When comparing net hammocks one important consideration is the spacing between the weave. Mexican hammocks have a very close weave meaning there is not a lot of gap between each cord and your weight is better distributed and supported versus other net hammocks with large weave spacing. If the space of the weave is too wide on a hammock this is what can lead to an uncomfortable experience as the rope cords dig into your body. That is never an issue with our Mexican hammocks due to the close weave and soft cotton material. You can easily rest for hours on end or sleep the whole night without experiencing discomfort or pressure points.

Material options currently available in Mexican hammocks include; cotton (thin cord or thick cord), nylon and polyester.

Mexican Woven Net Hammock


Fabric Hammocks

Our fabric range of hammocks includes Colombian hammocks, Brazilian hammocks and travel & camping hammocks. Some of the main benefits of fabric hammocks is a slightly more robust nature and the variety of fabrics available. Fabric hammocks are great options for those with children as they are less likely to get small hands and feet snagged in or disturb the weave of net type hammocks.

The sizing of our fabric hammocks are more varied by size and increase in total length and width as the size goes up. As such some of our fabric hammocks require less space to hang so can be a good option when space is at a premium.

Material options currently available in our fabric range include; cotton, organic cotton, polypropylene, HamacTex® and parachute silk.

Fabric Hammocks

Both options come in a range of hammock sizes and styles, whether you want the perfect personal hammock, a traditional Latin American style or resort-type spreader bar hammock. 

Guy Halpin
Guy Halpin

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