Amazonas, named after one of the biggest states in northwestern Brazil, pays homage to the original Brazilian hammock that’s known for its quality and vibrancy. Self-established as one of the front-runners for their production of hammocks, we have a production site in the north-eastern region of Brazil, commonly referred to as the hammock making centre of South America. It’s here that our Brazilian hammocks are made using traditional Brazilian craftsmanship.
We are proud to say that we offer up to 100 people, situated in the very poor northeast region and/or the nearby favelas, a secure job. The main issue that can occur with external global product manufacturing is a lack of product quality and safe working standards, to overcome this, we regularly visit our production facilities and team to ensure the re is no child labour or any other unethical practices.
Quality means a lot to us at Amazonas, so we take extra steps to ensure the following process:
Selection Criteria for material
When choosing the threads, we pay close attention to the stability and colour fastness of each material whilst also incorporating data from recent laboratory tests for freedom from harmful substances in our decisions. In all cases when we produce a cotton-based hammock, we pride ourselves on using 100% Recycled Brazilian Cotton.
The previously maliciously selected threads are wound on the loom’s role according to the desired pattern of the hammock. Whilst this happens the threads are wound on spindles for the cross threads.
Setting up of the Loom
In each production section, we have a Loom Master, a highly respected professional who sets up the loom. Near to 6000 longitudinal threads are to be knotted precisely by hand, taking a whole day. Once this is complete, the loom is now equipped with a roll of longitudinal threads and ready for step 4.
Beginning of the process
The weaver gets to work, weaving cross threads to create 5-20 hammocks per day in his single loom. A combination of the high volume of threads and the power of the loom determines the density of the fabric and its stability.
Handmade, durable suspension cords are incorporated and complete production.
Whilst the threads and bring woven in the hammock’s fabric, the hanging cords are handmade from the same cotton as the traditional crochet machines. At this stage, we use a larger amount of material than usual, this equates to the extra thick cords that makes the Amazonas hammocks especially tear-resistant, occasionally coping with up to 280kg loads.
After the creation time of 1-2 weeks, a roll of hammock fabric is woven, ready to be measured and cut. To ensure no loose threads, the ends are provided with a continuous loop cord, which is sewn around with an extra-strong 5-fold seam. Careful manual work makes the correct length cords bound to the nearly finished hammock. This means the suspension loop is reinforced and the punctual loads are balanced.
For some hammock designs like the Rio and Palacio, previously hand-woven macramé veranda is sewn on. For family hammocks, an additional fabric band is woven by hand between the cords for visual appeal and higher spreading strength.
When it comes to the safety of our customers, we make no compromises. In addition to our consistent quality controls at a collection of independent testing institutes, we regularly test our new and existing products for their maximum load capacity. To test any product at any given time, we have a testing facility on our premises at Grafelfing. This testing facility was specifically engineered for load capacity test of hammocks, hanging chairs and frames, which can withstand a load of up to 600kg.
Amazonas Stands & Furniture
2007 – Reliable partner in Poland
For years Amazonas were looking for a suitable supplier for wood that’s used for both their furniture and frames. After attempts in Germany, Italy, Scandinavia and China, failed to meet requirements they found a company BM in Poland, the first to convince us with quality and reliability.
2008 – Globo optimisation
The Globo and Globo Royal range, which were originally from BM, are developed together with Amazonas.
2014 – FSC Certification
Together, we switched to FSC Certified Wood, Polish state forests are ideal for this as by law they must be managed sustainably.
2015 – Rebuild
Up to now, production has been divided among a collection of different small sheds. Despite admiral commitment, the capacity of the sheds was no longer sufficient. The forbearing owners and founders stepped down, allowing Krzysztof (the son studying wood economy at the time) to take over. A purchase guarantee and financing by Amazonas allowed for the construction of a real factory.
2016 – Business Grows
Kasia, Krzysztof’s sister established her sewing shop, this was the starting point for the expansion into more complex fabrics like Agora - One of the highest quality outdoor fabrics in Europe (Lightfast, durable, insensitive to moisture).
2017 – Automation of Production
As Amazonas grows, so does the machinery in the warehouse, including CNC production machines. Adam, Krysztof’s Father takes care of them, whilst his brother Bogdan takes over the production and purchasing meaning the whole family is involved.
2018 – Sustainable cycle system is created
Central extraction system allows wood dust generated during sawing and planning to be extracted, filtered and pneumatically transported to a large storage tank. Not only ensuring healthy dust-free air for employees, but this means all waste is recycled and reused: the dust is pressed, and processed into briquettes, which are reused to fire the wood drying plant.
2019 – Power of nature
Amazonas take a further step toward becoming sustainable, steering away from using fossil fuels and stepping into the eco-power by completely equipping the roof of the hall with solar panels.
2022 – Continuous Development
Continuing to meet several times annually to be innovative and create new ideas, we look proudly at a considerable number of self-developed and patented products.