Monday, January 02, 2012

Hammock weaver in Melaque

My neighbor is a hammock (hamaca) weaver and has been short of material so we went to Manzanillo a few days ago thinking we could get better prices. It turns out we can buy this cotton (algodon) just as cheap here in Melaque. We definately need to find a wholesale source in the future because we are looking at $1000 pesos per large hammock with these prices just for material.

He learned his trade both in the Yucatan and Oaxaca and hope to find a better source. The past hammocks he's made are of Olefin Synthetic which is what they make large boat/ship ropes with. That will be even harder to find than a wholesale outlet. They sometimes make 'topes' out of Olefin Synthetic Rope, at least along the coast.

Hamaca weaving

The knots

Petate design


Steve Cotton said...

I am in the market for a new one. We should talk.

The construction of the house finished in April 2011 and I'm pretty much settled in. As of March 2014 I'm in preparation for rain mode for this coming summer. That includes sealing and painting things and dealing with drainage issues from last year.

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