The Panama Hat

The Panama Hat

Genuine Panama Hats, The best straw hats in the world, your shop for Panama Hats

The we present to you here and can be ordered online. Original Panama Hat from Ecuador, hand-woven in all sizes, and different colors for him and her.

The original Panama hat
 
The Panama hat prevents skin cancer:
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a hat gives you protection for your eyes, ears, face and neck. A very tightly woven hat offers additional protection against the dangerous UV rays of the sun. He keeps his cool even in the heat of the day.
The textile research center "Hohensteiner Institute" confirms a UV protection factor of 60.
 
The production of the Panama hats
 
The Panama hat comes from a very special palm, which grows only in the fertile coastal strip of Ecuador. The hats are made from the so-called "straw" of the Toquilla palm, which may only be harvested after a good 2.5 years.
Only the best hearts of a palm are used for the hats, whereby only the young shoots are suitable.
The palm fiber is extracted from the vein that grows in the shoot of the Toquilla palm. It is boiled several times for about 20 minutes and then hung to dry until it reaches a consistent color and size.
By intensive tapping, the resulting straw is supple and ready to be woven.
 
The weaver first spins the circular center piece, then continues with the brim.
The straw is placed in a mold in which the top is formed. The woven straw is fixed with a leather strap on the form. Now the hat is pulled out of the mold and the edges are braided together. Without damaging the structure of the hat, the protruding stalks are cut along the edge.
 
The hat blanks are now washed to remove any impurities. Depending on the desired color, the hats are processed accordingly. White hats are bleached, while colored ones are bathed in a bath of color. The color palette comprises 32 colors and goes from white to red to black.
Now the hats are dried for a few hours in the sun and then pressed into the mold and further processed.
After the quality inspection follows the fine control. Last mistakes are corrected and the hats get their finishing touches. Then the sweatband inside and the hatband outside are attached. The hats are stored and shipped worldwide if needed.