The tropical forests of South America were the first place to use hammocks. These peaceful sleeping apparatuses were made out of the bark of the hamak tree. These hammocks were attached to the tree so that they natives would be saved from having to sleep on the wet ground as well as to save them from being bitten by insects crawling on the ground. They were also used to carry both people and items from place to place. These hammocks have been used for thousands of years and they are now considered a much sought after way to relax in the garden, on ships, at camps, and some people even have hammocks inside their homes.
Hammocks were used to raise large families in Venezuela. This particular type of hammock was distinct because of the material used to produce it. This material contained pores which allowed air to flow enabling the prevention of fungal infections. Also a thin layer of sandfly netting was added to prevent mosquitoes from biting. Occupants could sleep undisturbed by the weather as rain protection came in the form of waterproof sheets used on the roof. This is the Venezuelan design that eventually became jungle hammocks. The ropes that tied the hammocks were dipped into insect repellent, this prevented insects from crawling on the ropes to reach the hammock. During the Second World War is when the jungle hammocks began to climb in popularity. They were used extensively by the US Army in Burma. It is said that the use of these is contributed to the low illness rate that soldiers faced. They found them so comfortable that their sleep gave them a great amount of rest.
Voted the most comfortable hammocks available, Venezuelan hammocks help the circulation of air, therefore, keeping the occupant cool. They are also extremely durable and easy to dry. Dacron makes up the rope that ties the hammock. This rope is not stretchable but it is very strong. The appearances of Venezuelan hammocks are noticed as works of art as well as being comfortable and sturdy. Women are mostly the artisans of these hammocks and this weaving art is passed down from generation to generation. The weaving is done with vertical looms using cotton threads of various colors that are generally bright in nature. The ends are then attached to lazo string that is heavily braided. Because there are no spreader bars they are more relaxing.
These Venezuelan hammocks are designed for the occupant to lie along the length of the hammock versus across it. This is what is considered to be “in-line.” The hammock has the ability to adapt to the occupant due to the polyester that is used, allowing a slight stretch in the material. The hammocks are spacious enough for the occupant to be afforded the ability to move around and stretch with ease.
Folks going on a jungle trek or adventure trips to wild life reserves will most likely be taking Venezuelan hammocks with them. Some of the modern models offer accessories such as mosquito proof fabric, zippered entry, detachable waterproof covering and pockets for storage as well as a folding bag system. They are all easy to set up and can be fully ready to use in five minutes or less. The weight of these hammocks vary with some of the ultra light models weighing somewhere between 15 ounces and 2 pounds. While using a Venezuelan hammock on a trip you will find that you will always be above the ground. There will also be no trace of your presence when you leave. In addition, it is impossible to fall out of a Venezuelan hammock.
Venezuelan Hammocks are easily the bes type of hammock to choose when camping or trekking. They are light easy to transport, breathable and most of all they are wonderfully comfortable, if you want prefer more of a relaxing life style why not choose a garden swing hammock to while away those lazy summer days.