ECUADOR: The Panama Hat

Did you know that the traditional “Panama Hat” is actually made in Ecuador? That was certainly news to me when I moved here!

Panama Hats: Otavalo Ecuador

Panama Hats: Otavalo Ecuador

The Panama Hat I bought in the Artisan Market in Otavalo has been the best hat of all for me here. I like it better than my baseball cap now.  My Panama Hat shades my face and my neck from the harsh sun here on the Equator. My head stays cool as the weave of the hat allows my head to breathe. And it feels very soft on my head too.

Otavalo Market, Cotacachi, Ecuador

Otavalo Market, Cotacachi, Ecuador

My Panama Hat

My Panama Hat

Interior of My Panama Hat

Interior of My Panama Hat

Interior of My Panama Hat

Interior of My Panama Hat

There are different weaves of Panama Hats:

Weaves of Panama Hats
Panama Hats: Different Weaves to choose from

Panama Hats: Different Weaves to choose from

Here’s how to measure your hat size:

How to measure your hat size

How to measure your hat size

How to care for your Panama Hat:

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The majority of Panama Hats are made in the town of Montechristi Ecuador. If you’re looking for a Panama Hat here’s a link to one of their websites, Ultrafinopanamahat of in English Ultra Fine Panama Hat:

Note: The hats on this website are woven in Ecuador and then blocked in the USA.

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2 thoughts on “ECUADOR: The Panama Hat

    • Hi Tina (or is it Roxie or Kalyn? I am a bit confused by your return address?! Sorry! I do understand you are from New Caney, Texas USA!)

      How lovely to hear from you. I really appreciate your kind words! I am so glad you like my blog. That makes me feel really really happy. You made my day! Thanks so much!

      Mary Anne


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