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B. Brent Black is a Panama Hat expert (bio) and in this guest post he shares 8 common myths and legends about Panama Hats.  The Panama Hat: 8 Myths and Legends 1. Panama Hats are Made in Panama Nope. Ecuador. Indigenous Ecuadorians already were weaving fine straw hats when the Spanish first arrived on the [...]

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 [...]