When is the Panama Hat not the Panama Hat?
When in Ecuador!
The "Panama Hat" made in Ecuador was worn by Ecuadorian workers when building the Panama Canal. They were dubbed the Panama Hat, but were from Ecuador and are still made in Ecuador. We visited a hat factory in Cuenca and saw the palm reeds used to weave the hat to the final product. The finer the palm reeds used for weaving, the more expensive and exquisite the hat.
|First step to Shaping the Hat|
|Second Step to Shaping the Hat|
|Further Shaping of the Hat, including Heat.|
|Fran & Ed Modeling Hats|
|The Hat Showroom|