We are a collective of artisans and craftsmen working in Masaya, Nicaragua.
We offer beautiful products made directly by hand by talented craftsmen of this our land of great folk tradition, aboriginal and popular. We design and create a great variety of artesanal products like hammocks, rugs an d wall hanging, leather and cotton bags, briefcase, etc.
There are some people involved in these workshops: Mrs. Maribel Hernandez, her daughter Miss. Kennia Hernandez, Mr Javier Sanchez and Mr. Roberto Alvarado.
Sometimes, mainly when the hammock workshop has many orders simultaneously, ten or fifteen or more for example, a few temporary workers are hired, but most of the time we all four are in charged of design, preparing, and confection of the items.
Nicaraguan hammocks, unlike Mexican or Mayan hammocks, have three or four parts: the net or body of the hammocks, the arms, the fringes and also the wooden sticks.
Most of the times Javier and Kennia design the net of the hammock, this body is made hand embroidery using "bastidores", they are special frames to hold on the threads, and with knitting needles create the net woven. Many threads are combined and with the colors. Maribel and Roberto also design the fringes, some of them use a crochet design, they also look for new design and styles, color combination, etc.
All of us joined the parts as well as propose new colors combination and designs. the net join with the arms through a few loops at the ends, and tie knots. Some times, and it depends on the size and strong of the hammock, we have to add an especial lacquer sealer to this knots. We usually also prove the weight that the knots can hold with some manila ropes. Fringes usually join with the net using knitting needles.
Mr Javier is also the main designer and creator of beautiful leather bags, briefcase, book liners, leather covers for books, bibles and many things more.
For making the leather items the first part is to design the item drawing it usually, thinking of the color, texture and kind of the leather. Or taking an existing design, for example a cotton bag. Javier and Roberto take part in the designing part and the preparation of the leather. It is necessary measuring and cutting in a cardboard mold all the different parts that is going to form the bag for example.
Then it is necessary to make the same things with the leather using the mold. On the cutted leather edge it is also necessary to apply a process of devastated to refine the edges of the pieces. Then the process continues joining all the parts with a special sewing machine and reinforce the seams with interior cloths and adding the accessories like handles and shoulder straps, buttons, buckles, belts, zippers
Only the tapestries are made by the close relatives of Mrs Maribel, her mother and father, that actually live near to the workshop. They also used to make hammocks, they are good hammock and crochet artisans.
We offer to our clients the possibility to custom any of our products. they can add tags, logos, change the form and size, etc. Because they are made in our workshops.
Thank you very much
Very pretty hammock
I love the hammock: the color is vibrant, the stick is made of a nice wood, nicely handmade. I wasn't sure if the single strings would hold us, but it is no problem at all. Would be nice if they would sell matching pillows for it, because the blue is such a nice color. Looking forward to enjoy lazy sunny days in it! The delivery was incredibly fast. I was expecting it to take a few weeks, because usually in Spain delivery is very slow, but with DHL from Nicaragua it was here in just a few days! (I ordered on a Friday afternoon, it was here on Monday - so 11 days including 2 weekends)
Excellent product and super-efficient service.
Amazing really. A two week wait with no information for something to be sent a few miles within the same London borough while a beautiful hand-crafted chair made by artisans in Nicaragua gets to an island remote from the mainland of Greece within a few days, with transit information available on the internet all the way through. Clearly a partnership that works. I highly recommend this supplier and service.
Hanging chair - Beautiful, Comfy and great value
I just received my hanging chair from Hamanica. it is fabulous!! I bought 2 very similar a while back for almost twice the price and was curious to see how the quality size etc matched up. It does. It is well made and very very comfortable. Not paying any additional postage meant that I waited a bit longer for it to arrive - ordered Mid September - arrived today. Oct 24. great savings if you buy with this in mind. Thank you Hamanica. I recommend your work to anyone. It is finished beautifully, very comfy and strong and better value than anywhere else I could find.