Hammocks, we know, are generally composed of woven rope patterns. At DFOhome, this process is a team effort involving the combined efforts of many skilled craftspeople. Watch them work to learn about the origins of your favorite rope hammock.
“To Weave a Hammock”
We spin our own rope to ensure it meets the quality standards required for our hammocks. Cheap rope is often stretchy and fragile, making for uncomfortable and poor fitting hammocks. With hammock-approved rope at the ready, we ensure that our weavers are never without the materials they need to produce hammock after hammock.
A special machine shown in the film above utilizes up to 24 drill bits in order to produce the spreader bars framing either end of each hammock bed. These bars stretch the hammock’s weave to an optimal width for comfort and ease of entry.
When we were first beginning to manufacture hammocks, it could take quite a while to produce these bars. Drilling each of the holes by hand in alignment with a single drill — that’s an all-day affair. Fortunately, we don’t have to do that anymore.
And where hammocks were once woven start to finish by individual craftspeople, there’s now a certain degree of specialization. Some weavers prepare the ring knot, passing these to others, who complete its intricately looped pattern. Finally, two of these finished knots are attached to the bed, woven by a third individual. Teams of this nature are capable of producing dozens of high quality hammocks each day. Once the ring knots have been attached to the bed, each hammock is hung vertically, checked for quality, and rolled up to be packaged and shipped.
It’s a mixture of industrial innovation and good old fashioned craftsmanship that makes our hammocks. You can view our full collection of rope and fabric hammocks on DFOhome.com.