Nothing encourages easy, breezy summer days quite like a hammock. But when the design is as bold, beautiful, and gives back to a worthy cause, we make plans to keep it up all year long. Created in collaboration with Yellow Leaf Hammocks, our yellow leaf hammock and yellow leaf hammock chair are hand-woven with multicolored weather-resistant/fade-resistant yarn by artisans in Thailand.
Launched in 2012, Yellow Leaf trains and employs The Mlabri, a group of people who have previously battled exploitation, slavery, and malnourishment, with safe, dignified work. Most of the weavers are mothers who are given the flexibility to weave at home and make their own schedules. In the past four years, the number of trained weavers has grown from 25 to 200 (with a planned 160 additional jobs to be created this year) and weavers recently send two Mlabri children to university with money saved from their work.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks is breaking the cycle of extreme poverty through sustainable job creation, and we’re honored to partner with them. So what goes into the production of a single hammock? We’re sharing the fascinating process below, which can take as many as 6-7 days to weave with over 3.5 miles(!) of yarn.