That, of course, leads to the question, why is it called a Panama Hat? Why not the Cuenca Hat or the Ecuador Hat? Chalk that up to several movie stars who made films in Panama and wore this type of hat not only in their films but afterwards as well. In any case, the woven hat originated in the Azuay province of the southern Andes and the hats are still made there today. As you drive into Sigsig, a factory sits on the edge of the village utilizing machinery that was probably installed during the peak of Humphrey's Bogart's popularity. In this village, you will see literally scores of locals weaving fibers into hats as they walk about town. Just about everywhere in Ecuador, you will find hats for sale. We recommend that you buy and use one in this bright sunny climate.
The Yazells plan on becoming regular hat wearers as we continue juntos en el camino de la vida!
|The World's Largest Panama Hat on display for tourists to photograph at the hat factory in Sigsig.|
|Hand woven hats awaiting their turn in the hat mold.|
|Steam mold for final forming of hats.|
|Roger's hat in this photo came with him from|
the U.S. It is a collapsible canvas type that packs easily.
The photo was taken at the Pumapungo Archaelogical Park.
|Suzanne tried on several hats at this shop in Quito!|
|This one is targeted for purchase when we return!|
|Suzanne purchased this hand in Cuenca at|
Bernal Hats on Simon Bolivar.
|Roger's first hat came from Sigsig. |
The shirt is Ecuadorian from Cemuart in Cuenca.
The photo was at the Turi Overlook.
|Roger's second panama hat was purchased in Cuenca|
at La Paja Toquilla on Juan Jaramillo and it rapidly
became his favorite.
|If you plan on spending a sunny day walking around Cuenca, don't forget your hat!|