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When making and hanging hammocks, using a good "knotty" material is important. You need something that can hold a knot and isn't slippery. There are many materials that hold a decent knot, including hemp, cotton, jute, and twines. Nylon is looked down on in some DIY hammock circles because of its 'slippy' qualities. The knotting with nylon is more challenging than with the other materials mentioned. If you are making and hanging a hammock for the first time, nylon may be a material you should avoid unless you have a lot of patience.