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12 Steps to Making an Amazonas Hammock

....traditional Brazilian handicraft

Posting date: 24th April 2007 10:34

Amazonas Hammocks are still largely traditionally made. A dozen steps are needed, most needing many years training and experience. Up to 100 adults are employed in the factory (no child labour is used) in what is one of the poorest areas of Brazil.

1. Selecting the correct threads
This takes a lot of time as the threads need to be checked for stability, colour fastness and tested to ensure that they are free of harmful substances.

2. Threads are wound around the beam.
This needs to be done in the correct pattern

3. Colour threads wound around the spindles.
This is done at the same time as 2. and ensures that the correct colours are chosen for the woof threads.

4. The weaving master sets up the weaving loom.
This is the hardest part. Up to 6000 warp threads must be precisely knotted by hand - taking a whole day.

5. Weaving begins on the loom.
A good worker had produce 5 - 20 hammocks a day. The number of threads and the power of the weaving loom determine the density of the hammock and it stability.

6. Weaving the supporting threads.
This happens at the same time as 5. The same cotton threads are woven in the traditional crocheting device. Amazonas add extra materials at this point to ensure that the hammocks are particularly tearproof.

7. Adding the clew ropes.
After 1 - 2 weeks the whole role of hammock material has been woven and can be cut into the correct lengths. Continuous hammock clews ropes are now added and secured with extra strong quadruple stitching. The crossover to the ropes is the most crucial area.

8. Ropes are tied in.
In careful handiwork, ropes of the correct length are tied to the almost completed hammocks and the suspension loops are reinforced

9. Additional fringes added if necessary.
For some models a handwoven macramé veranda (fringe edging) is now sewn on.

10. Additional decorative strip for the family hammocks.
A hand device is used to weave an additional woven strip between the ropes as decoration on the family hammocks. This also increases the expansion stability.

11. Hammock bags
In the mean time, seamstresses have completed the hammock bags.

12. Final quality control
A final quality check is done to ensure that the hammock is free from obviously defects. It is then folded and ready to go.

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