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Yellow Leaf

Handwoven hammocks

Helpful Hammocks

Yellow Leaf's Chief Relaxation Officer, Joe Demin, has an enviable title, but it doesn’t really tell the whole story. Sure, he knows all about proper "hammocking,” as Yellow Leaf calls it. But Joe is about so much more than just leaning back and going with the flow.

Yellow Leaf was named after the Mlabri tribe in Thailand. Often referred to as "people of the yellow leaves," the society was placed on UNESCO's Endangered Languages List as modern life and deforestation has taken its toll. Joe knew as soon as he tried out
the Mlabri’s hand-woven hammocks that he wanted to bring them to the rest of the world, but the more he learned, the more committed he became to not just the hammocks, but also the Mlabri people. He came up with Yellow Leaf’s four-pillar sustainability plan, which ensures that we get amazing hammocks, while the Mlabri get economic health, cultural vitality, and a social equality previously unavailable to them.

In addition to supporting a struggling tribe, the hammocks offer the ultimate relaxation. Each is handwoven from triple-weave microyarns that yield a soft, cocoon-like product. You can choose from queen or king traditional hammocks, or opt for the "sitting hammock," which is more like a recliner. Each is a statement piece, and relaxation with a conscience.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Joe
    Joe

    Hi Everyone! My name is Joe Demin and I’m the “Chief Relaxation Officer” of Yellow Leaf Hammocks! I’m so happy to have a chance to talk to you all today and share more about our “Hammocking Revolution.” We are committed to spreading positive social change on all fronts: economic, environmental, social & cultural- all from the comfort of a hammock!

    I founded Yellow Leaf with two objectives in mind: 1) to help stressed out Americans have fun, relax and tap into their creativity and 2) to foster sustainable economic development for marginalized communities, while simultaneously combating social ills like child labor and deforestation.

    I feel like these wonderful products are truly empowering for our weavers AND our customers. We are all so stressed out and frazzled these days that it is a beautiful thing to be able to buy something you love, take a moment to relax in it- and feel proud of contributing to real social change.

    Do Good. Relax.

  • Bev
    Bev
    11/16/11 1:20 PM

    These look heavenly and for such a wonderful cause! I can envision myself on a lovely summer day lazing away in a Yellow Leaf Hammock, now if only I had two big trees in my yard.

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    11/16/11 1:59 PM

    @Bev: Thanks Bev! We love hammocking the day away too! Sometimes I take my hammock out to the park, out on a friend's boat, or even on a camping trip instead of sleeping on a tent! Now that I've hammocking on the brain, I see chances to string one up everywhere! (I tried to convince my friends to let me hang one up in a New York subway once, but they talked me out of it...)

  • Hillary
    Hillary
    11/16/11 1:27 PM

    Love these hammocks!Do you also have the rods so you can hang them from a single hook?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    11/16/11 1:58 PM

    @Hillary: We don't currently sell the sitting hammock "spread bars"- we are still trying to find the perfect renewable/reclaimed wood source and find an artisan that we can work with on a long-term basis. We have had customers make it a DIY project and create really cool spreader bars to match their sitting hammocks! If you were interested in that, the wood would need to be about 40" long and 1.75"x1.75"... Let me know if that helps!

  • Cynthia
    Cynthia
    11/16/11 1:31 PM

    These are beautiful, and I can only imagine they are as comfortable as they seem. Can you tell me how they hold up under different weather conditions? Will the colors fade in the sun, and will they deteriorate at all if left out during rain storms? Thanks so much. We have two perfect trees at our new house, just waiting for a hammock. I think we may have found it!

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    11/16/11 1:58 PM

    @Cynthia: Cynthia, that is one of my FAVORITE questions to answer, because our hammocks are some of the most durable ones on the market. The yarn is weatherproof and colorfast, so it won't fade, pill or deteriorate if you leave it outside for a whole "hammocking season." It is also quick-drying, so it's not susceptible to mold or mildew. Your trees are in luck!

  • Melody
    Melody
    11/16/11 1:48 PM

    The sitting hammocks look wonderful.. I'd love to have one facing my water feature garden.. but wondering about the spacing of my trees.. can you give me an approximate range of how far/close the attachment points should be for the sitting hammock?

  • Joe
    Joe – Special Guest
    11/16/11 2:04 PM

    @Melody: Hi Melody! That sounds so soothing and relaxing! You would usually want to hang the Sitting Hammock ropes about 60"-75" apart on the tree branch so that the eyes of the hammock fall about 40"-48" apart. And then you probably want to hang it about 24" off the ground so you can get in and out easily. You can usually hang a sitting hammock from a single branch, so you can get away with just one tree!

  • Terry
    Terry
    11/16/11 2:37 PM

    I'm already studying to see if I can attach a sitting hammock on my screen porch overlooking the lake. What are the dimensions of the sleeping hammock? how far apart should the trees be for optimum use?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/16/11 2:55 PM

    @Terry: I love the image you're putting in my head. Sounds beautiful! I am pulling this information over from our details tab:

    Queen Size Hammock:

    Bed dimensions: 6 ft. L x 7.5 ft. W

    Optimal Hanging Distance: 9-10 ft.

    Optimal Hanging Height: 5.5 ft.

    King Size Hammock:

    Bed dimensions: 7 ft. L x 9 ft. W

    Optimal Hanging Distance: 10-11 ft.

    Optimal Hanging Height: 5.5 ft.

  • Deebi27
    Deebi27
    11/16/11 11:35 PM

    Oh, how I wish we had 2 trees for one of these beauties. Resting in a hammock is a little bit of heaven.

  • Hank
    Hank
    12/2/11 2:40 PM

    Hi - if I order a kingsize hammock today (Dec 2) - will it ship to Massachusetts in time for Christmas? I can't find any shipping info on the site. thanks

    Hank

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/2/11 2:45 PM

    @Hank: Yes this product will still arrive before the Christmas holiday. Enjoy!

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