"Above all, I hope my hammock designs are recognized for their quality and aesthetic. I'd like for them to be admired and enjoyed as beautiful and functional creations."
Update (August, 2019)
“Our workshop has grown gradually, and has already allowed us to export to various parts of the world. NOVICA has been a great ally to share our work more, and in an avant-garde and creative way.
“I'm excited to say that some of our pieces have gone to Australia or Norway. I imagine a hammock in Norway, in that naturally cold and cloudy weather. It is exciting and strange.
“We work with five people, all equally passionate about this beautiful tradition. Every step is important to us, from the fabric to the technique. Whether a double hammock or the beautiful traditional Mayan style, I am always struck by the colors that it is possible to create. And the color complements the mood that I want to leave in each of our pieces. A little bit of calm and peace.
“I am very grateful to NOVICA; it has given me a great opportunity to present my hammocks worldwide. It has taught me how to establish a quality standard, and that has allowed me to create a new mindset. This exposure of our work has made us grow and consolidate our sales. Thank you so much.”
Original Artisan Story
"My name is Roger Solís and I'm from the Yucatan. I make hammocks. I studied merchandising but, after finishing my studies, I had the chance to meet a very experienced artisan whom I befriended, and I became interested in his work.
"I began to learn the process of weaving hammocks through this friend, who has a very effective and detailed technique. I liked it so much that I decided to open my own workshop. In the beginning, I had the support of my family and, with time, I was able to start the project on my own.
"I was attracted to this craft because of the variety of colors and combinations along with the effort it takes to produce a quality hammock.
"While starting my workshop I faced a lot of difficulties, mostly because it takes a lot of work to balance finding customers and creating items but, with time and experience, these activities have come together.
"Little by little, the workshop has been growing. With help from my friend and teacher, I've been able to train others and I currently have four assistants.
"The materials we use are wooden frames, which are repaired and reused, and nylon or cotton cords. Once all of the materials are prepared, the process starts by separating the frames and determining the number of spools needed for the size of the hammock. We use two weaves — the 'Maya', which is thick and closed, and the 'Mayacón,' which is more open.
"The needle goes through the spool and we walk around the frames, weaving the hammock by hand one row at a time. It's important to pay attention, since any distraction can produce errors such as loose threads or a weakened weave. Once the body is formed, the 'arms,' or ends are made with the help of a chair that gives it shape.
"What I like the most about this work is being able to admire the final design, since it's very satisfying seeing the results of my efforts and the hours I work. I love thinking about the happiness my creations will bring, waiting for shoppers to see my hammocks and admire their quality and beauty.
"In the future, I'd like to be able to sell my hammocks in different places, nationally and internationally. I hope to grow my business and have the opportunity to employ more artisans.”
"Above all, I hope my hammock designs are recognized for their quality and aesthetic. I'd like for them to be admired and enjoyed as beautiful and functional creations. I'll keep learning and improving my technique, while appreciating and enjoying my work."