To the Maya
The second day of our trip we visited the Maya who make our Mexican hammocks.
Our supplier works with approximately 700 Mayan families. The hammocks are manufactured as home work.
In a Mexican hammock
The Maya (and many inhabitants of Yucatan) sleep in a hammock every night and the hammock is hung and put away again in the morning. Comfortable and space saving.
Suspension lines of the hammock
Weaving of the bed of the Mexican hammock, attaching the suspension lines and loops are separate specialties, and are often done at different locations (houses).
Transporting the products between the sites is done by bike and moped.
Handmade Mexican hammocks
The Maya produce the hammocks by piece. However it is not "production work". The hammock it suspended and if one feels like it (there is always time) a piece is woven.
It is difficult to make arrangements about delivery times in this culture. For the supplier of the Mexican hammock it is therefore very important to maintain good relations.
Our supplier started his company in 2003. Here we visit the Maya (his first "employee") who has locally set up the "business".
Town hall Chumayel
Our hammocks are made in the village of Chumayel and the surrounding villages.
Public transport in Chumayel.
Male Mexican hammock weaver
Especially Maya women weave hammocks, but the men also weave sometimes.
The hammocks that are ready are collected locally, after which they are transported to Merida. An extensive quality control is conducted here, before the hammocks are shipped.