Pick up a Panama hat from Decus Artisans

Traditionally a straw hat of Ecuadorian origin, Panama hats were worn by the workers of the Panama Canal to shield them from the tropical sun. Passing foreigners mistook the hats as a local product and since then the world has known them as Panama hats, while the ancient crafters from Montecristi in Ecuador know them as 'sombreros de paja toquilla'. more