#35286. Asked by Nay. (Jun 08 03 2:54 PM)
The straw in Panama hats comes from the leaves of the carludovica palmata or "paja toquilla", a type of palm indigenous to Ecuador. The art of weaving the straw has flourished along the Ecuadorian Coast since the 1600's. Over generations, master craftsmen perfected many of the delicate weaves we see in only the finest Panama hats. http://www.montecristihats.com/
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Jun 08 03, 2:55 PM
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