Panama Hats

Panama Hats from Tumi

By: Tumi  24/03/2009
Keywords: fair trade products, Latin American Products, Latin American crafts

Genuine folding Panama hats are also known as "jipijapa" and in fact come from Cuenca in Ecuador.

The 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 shape.

Their flexibility and the fact that you can fold or roll them for travelling, makes them unique.

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Keywords: fair trade crafts, fair trade products, fairtrade crafts, Latin American crafts, Latin American gifts, Latin American Products,