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The Panama Hat: Myths & Legends

Ecuador Facts, Ecuador Travel

B. Brent Black is a Panama Hat expert and in this guest post he shares 8 common myths and legends about Panama Hats. He can be found at www.BrentBlack.com and www.PanamaHatBlog.com Nope. Ecuador. Indigenous Ecuadorians already were weaving fine straw hats when the Spanish first arrived on the coast of what is now Manabí Province. [...]

Another Charming Shop – Folklor Latino Artesanias

Cuenca Ecuador

Here in Cuenca there are so many charming shops with souvenirs and unique handmade objects.  We were in one on Thursday and I thought I would share it with you. What I love about these shops is that they are tucked away all over the city in old colonial homes that have been converted into [...]

Are Panama Hats Made in Ecuador?

Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

While it might be hard to believe at first, Panama hats really are made in Ecuador. Specifically in 2 areas - Monticristi (Coastal Region) and Cuenca (Sierra Region). After catching on in Europe in the 1800's, huge shipments of the lightweight woven hat were destined for Paris, and were shipped through Panama - the last [...]

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