The Art of Craftsmanship : Exquisite Panama Hat Craftsmanship
The Art of Craftsmanship
Exquisite Panama Hat Craftsmanship
The Panama is the world’s best summer hat. Painstakingly woven by hand, as a single piece of wearable art, they are renowned for their fine texture, durability, lightness and cooling/ability to breath.
When the Spanish discovered Ecuador in 1531, their hats were so fine, they could only be made of vampire skin - so they burned them. Those same hats, which have been woven for thousands of years, became what we know today as the Panama hat.
If it is woven by hand in Ecuador, using the straw of a Toquilla palm it is a Panama.
Ecuador’s most famous export, came to be known as the Panama because this is the country from which they shipped their hats around the world. Much to their chagrin, the Ecuadorians are stuck with the name.