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Natural Panama Hat - Fedora Hat

Natural Panama Hat - Fedora Hat

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CLASSIC FEDORA:  One of our all-time classics. Beautiful fedora Panama hat in a natural (beige) tone.

Natural Panama Fedora Hat

Discover the timeless elegance of the Gamboa Fashion Natural Panama Fedora Hat. Handcrafted with genuine Panama straw, this hat exemplifies the finest tradition of Ecuadorian craftsmanship.

  • Authenticity: Each piece is meticulously woven to create a lightweight, breathable, and durable accessory.
  • Style: With its classic fedora design and versatile natural color, this Panama hat adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit.
  • Functionality: Ideal for sun protection and style, making it perfect for any season.

The Fedora Panama Hat is a must-have for discerning individuals who appreciate quality and authenticity. Elevate your wardrobe with this iconic piece from Gamboa Fashion, where tradition meets contemporary fashion.

Brand: Gamboa
Color: Natural
Material: Toquilla straw
Brim: 7 cm. (2 3/4")
Grade: 3 - 4 learn more
Sweatband: Cotton twill, 3 cm. (1.18")
Crown: 11 cm. (4 3/10")
Ribbon: Linen

SUN PROTECTION: UPF 50+ Only 1/50th or less of UV rays are able to pass through

STYLE & COMFORT: Really suitable for travel, outdoor activities, and events. Get compliments every time you wear it.

LIGHT AND FRESH: Its first quality fiber allows air circulation making the hat a very light and comfortable garment.


Our Artisans

The art of weaving a "Panama Hat" is both a legacy and a tradition: it is passed from generation to generation of artisans. These artisans work with outmost care so that straw tufts become very fine hats. The cycle is repeated, by generations in Cuenca, Montecristi and close by towns.

Our artisans focus their attention in the key elements that result in a top quality hat:

  • Quality of the "Toquilla" straw used: The artisans select the straw from specific varieties and treat it so as to ensure its flexibility and durability.
  • The skill and ability of each person who weaves the hat (always by hand).
  • The finish and the hat style.

Panama Hat History

The raw material for the elaboration of the famous Panama hat is the "Cardulovica Palmata" palm leaf, commonly known by the name of "Toquilla Straw".

This plant is grown mainly in the mountainous regions of the Ecuadorian Coast and in towns of Eastern Ecuador, specifically in the Manabí, Guayas, Esmeraldas and Morona Santiago provinces.

When the Spanish conquerors arrived to what nowadays are known as the provinces of Guayas and Manabí on the Ecuadorian coast, they observed native Indians using straw hats which covered their ears and necks. These hats looked like headdresses, similar to those used by the nuns or widows in Europe at the time. It is this similarity that gave the hats the name of "Toquillas" (headdress in Spanish) and resulted in the straw from which they were made to be called "Toquilla Straw".

According to the legend, this native hat obtained its name when Teddy Roosevelt participated in the inauguration of the Panama Canal (1913). During the event he received an Ecuadorian straw hat as a gift, and without knowing the true origin, he thanked his guests for the gift mentioning it as a "Panama Hat".

In the period from 1800 to 1900 the straw hat developed into a world know hat. It was a feature of historical episodes like the California Gold Fever and events such as the Paris Exhibition in 1900.

We know today that the "Panama Hat" is made in Ecuador with the secrets for the elaboration of the hat passing from generation to generation.

Each hat is unique, completely hand made, and thus it should be cared as a very special item.

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