A well-used small supply parachute made into a sleeping bag and hammock, comprising of sixteen panels, the parachute strings are made from plaited nylon.
John Paya (Royal Marines) was given this improvised parachute by another Marine for use when resting whilst on foot patrol on the Malay/Thai border in the 1960's. The improvised parachute was apparently made by a woman known as the "Sew Sew Woman" who would call out "Sew Sew" to capture the attention of passing trade. The parachute has a zip along the side allowing it to be used as a sleeping bag, which would then be raised off the jungle ground as a hammock by tying the parachute strings between two trees. John Paya would often sleep in the hammock with his rifle whilst on patrol, which he found to be very comfortable. There was very little training for the jungle environment and the Marines would often learn from the people who were already there on the job.