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A Glimpse Inside the Workshops of the World’s Finest Panama Hat Makers

by Roff Smith

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“Panama hats are uniquely Ecuadorean, despite their curious misnomer. The term “Panama hat” has been in use since at least the 1830s, and came about because the hats were often sold in trading posts on the Isthmus of Panama, which was a shipping crossroads long before the canal was built. The name was popularized during the California gold rush, when tens of thousands of prospectors passed through Panama on their way to the diggings, many of them picking up a hat along the way.”

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Creator:

Roff Smith

Linked to:

New York Times

Year:

2020

Language:

English

Tagged:

Fashion history, South America, Textiles