Are panama hats made in Panama?

Are panama hats made in Panama?

An authentic Panama is a material and not a hat shape, completely handwoven from the toquilla straw in Ecuador.

These hats started to be called Panama and became famous in the 18th century. The Panama Canal workers wore these attractive and leightweight straw hats that caught the attention of Americans on their way to California in search of gold.

Professional weavers have been passing this unique and laborious art from generation to generation. No wonder that this artisanat was added to ther UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2012. The tightness, the finesse of the weave, and the time spent in weaving characterize the quality

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