The Panama hat is one of the must-have items for fashionable men to elegantly finish their outfits. Panama hats are used all over the world regardless of age, but they are mainly made in Ecuador, South America. Luxury items are carefully made one by one by craftsmen, and no two are the same.
Here, THE FAT HATTER, which also handles convenient foldable Panama hats, will introduce the manufacturing process of Panama hats. If you are looking for a unique and fashionable Panama hat, please take a look.
The process of making a Panama hat
The Panama hat was made in Ecuador, South America and has long been a pillar of the local economy. Each Panama hat is carefully crafted by craftsmen and is a comfortable and beautiful traditional craft.
Panama hats can be made from Tokiya grass
Panama hats are not mass-produced in factories. It is still produced in the same traditional way as it used to be. Tokiya grass (Panama grass), which is the raw material, is a plant that originated in Ecuador, and its large leaves are about 3 m long. Only the soft inside is used for the Panama hat, which has a beautiful ivory color.
The precious Tokiya grass is carefully cultivated on the farm and cut in the morning before the sun rises. The collected Tokiya grass is separated, washed, and naturally dried in the sunlight. Since it is always dried with natural light, it is not possible to work in the rain or high humidity, which takes time and effort.
Braided by craftsmen
After the Tokiya grass has dried sufficiently, we can finally start the weaving work. Tokiya grass is a 100% natural material and varies in thickness, so it cannot be knitted by machine. All Panama hats are handmade by craftsmen.
The time it takes to weave depends on the thickness of the tokiya grass, which can be as early as a week or even months if the material is thin. The higher the quality, the finer the material is used and the finer it is knitted, making it lighter and more durable. With these craftsmanship, the Panama hat is as soft and smooth as the skin.
Molding after decolorization or dyeing
It may be decolorized at the stage of Tokiya grass, but it may also be decolorized and dyed after being woven. Soaked in sulfur for several days to whiten the color. After drying in the sun, it is molded and hand-shaped by craftsmen.
Completed with ornaments
Complete with accessories such as ribbons and belts. Manual work by craftsmen continues until the end.
If you are looking for a Panama hat that is essential for men, please use THE FAT HATTER. We have a large selection of high quality Panama hats. There is also a foldable type, so please check it out.
Do Panamas wear Panama hats?
From its name, it is often thought of as a Panama hat, but it actually originated in Ecuador, and Panama people do not wear a Panama hat.
In fact, Panama hats are also sold as souvenirs in Panama, but most Panama people wear a different Panama hat instead of an Ecuadorian Panama hat.
It's a complicated story, but the design of the Panama hat worn by Panama people is different from that of Ecuadorian Panama hats. Locally, it is called a campesino hat (farmer hat), and the one from Ecuador is called a Colombian hat.
However, fashionable Panama men may also wear an Ecuadorian Panama hat as a fashion item.
Men's foldable Panama hat to THE FAT HATTER
The world-famous Panama hats are not made in Panama, but in Ecuador and are carefully handcrafted by craftsmen. It is a beautiful traditional craft that takes time to manufacture and the craftsmanship shines.
THE FAT HATTER also sells a convenient type that can be folded. If you're looking for an elegant men's fashion item, we recommend the Panama hat for any fashion.
Not only men's hats but also ladies' Panama hats are available, so please buy them.
If you want to buy a men's brand Panama hat, go to THE FAT HATTER
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