Our Story – Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Welcome back Shark Tank fans! We're so excited to share our wild journey with you.

Welcome back Shark Tank fans! We're so excited to share our wild journey with you. Stay tuned for more big news! -Rach & Joe

Our Story

We not only make the world’s most comfortable hammocks, but through training and sustainable job creation, we empower our weavers and their families to break the cycle of poverty and build a brighter future.

The journey to relaxation.

Finding a hammock you can truly relax in didn’t happen overnight. It started with a chance discovery while on vacation, and took a lot of hard work (and a lot of hanging around) to bring the softest, most comfortable, and thoughtfully crafted hammocks to your backyard.

Transforming communities.

Each individual Yellow Leaf hammock is handwoven with the utmost precision and care by the expert craftswomen of the Mlabri Tribe – “the people of the yellow leaves” – in the hills of Northern Thailand. Across three weaving communities, we are working to create jobs for mothers and build a foundation for positive community transformation. 

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We cut out the middleman and get money directly into the hands of our weavers.

Empowering women.

Creating jobs for women is especially important for community transformation. Research shows that women will spend up to 90% of their income on health, nutrition, and education for their families.

Handwoven by Yalana

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Turning women into breadwinners not only builds self-esteem, but improves their standing in the community and enables them to pool resources and improve infrastructure.

How we got here.

In 2011, while on vacation in Thailand, our co-founder Joe embarked on an impromptu motorcycle adventure that led him to discover the world’s most comfortable hammock hanging outside a hut on a tiny island.

The hammocks were unlike anything Joe had ever seen or felt before, and he knew he had to share them with the world.

Bringing it home.

He bought as many as he could fit in his backpack and headed home, ready to turn his vacation dream into a reality. Joe teamed up with his now-wife Rachel to establish Yellow Leaf—bringing a curated collection of beautifully crafted, ultra-comfortable hammocks to the masses, while giving back to the original crafters of the world’s most comfortable hammocks.

Our Team

Meet our weavers.


Yadi was born in the jungles to a traditional Mlabri family as the world around them fell apart...


Yalana keeps Mlabri traditions alive with her love of music and beautiful singing voice...


Taton is one of the few Mlabri men to weave hammocks, but he is often a pioneer within..


Cheerful Song is a dedicated mother and prioritizes her children’s schooling, especially...


Daeng is one of the few Mlabri men to weave hammocks, but he is determined to be a...


Khaen feels that she represents a transition for the Mlabri- she is one of the first Mlabri who has...


Without any formal education, Sukanya has mastered the math necessary to budget for...


Chanai is proud that her children are able to attend school instead of toiling in the fields. As...


Jeab weaves in order to ensure her children will be able to attend school instead of toiling in the...


Yaton has been weaving for her whole life! Before the hammock project began, she was an...


Today, Mai has very different opportunities as a weaver than her mother could have imagined...


Talana has worked hard to overcome the obstacles he's faced- for the traditional Mlabri...


For the first time, Anong feels that she has security through her weaving job. She is proud that she...


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