Genuine folding Panama hats are also known as "jipijapa" and in fact come from Cuenca in Ecuador.
Panama hat got its name during the building of the Panama canal at the
beginning of the last century, when hat merchants from Colombia and
Ecuador sold their hats to passing trade. The hats are hand woven from
the narrow fibres of the Iraca palm and then steamed and moulded to
Their flexibility and the fact that you can fold or roll them for travelling, makes them unique.
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