An authentic Panama or Straw hat is completely hand-made in Ecuador, from the Toquilla Palm. It is woven in a continuous spiral from the center of the hat out to the edge of the brim, then shaped to the desired style. Panama hats are now available in a wide range of colors and styles for both men and women.
Each Panama Hat is a unique work of art, because of the material used and the handmade process. No two hats are ever exactly the same.
A hat has to have 4 characteristics for it to be called a Panama Hat:
- It has to be completely handmade.
- It has to be made from Toquilla Palm.
- The weaving is concentric.
- The hat has to be made in Ecuador.
Panama Hats are great for Tropical weather because they have no nylon and since the Toquilla Palm is a natural fiber the hat breathes and maintains the head cool under the sun.