Fine Montecristi Toquilla Hats
Brim Size: 2 1/2”
Crown Height: 5”
Color: Natural with black hat band
“Montecristi” or also known as “Panama Hats”. This toquilla straw hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. Traditionally, hats were made from the plaited leaves of theCarludovica palmata plant, known locally as the toquilla palm or jipijapa palm, although it is a palm-like plant rather than a true palm. Montecristi hats are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable perfect for hot sunny days.
Its popularity was increased in the mid-nineteenth century by the miners of the California Gold Rush, who traveled to California via the Isthmus of Panama.In 1904, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt visited the construction site of the Panama Canal, and was photographed wearing a Montecristi hat, which increased the hats' popularity.
Montecristi hat is an Intangible Cultural Heritage, for its representative practices, traditions, knowledge and skills communities pass down from generation to generation as part of their cultural heritage.
For you hat to maintain its original shape, pick up or handle your Panama hat by the brim, or by cupping the crown with an open palm. NEVER PINCH IT BY THE CROWN. When resting your hat on a flat surface, place it facing up (crown down) to maintain brim shape. And most styles of authentic toquilla Panama hats should never be rolled. If you choose to roll your hat do not leave it rolled or folded for long periods of time as this promotes cracking.
Avoid wearing your straw Montecristi hat in the rain. Toquilla straw will withstand light moisture, but a soaking will cause the hat to lose its shape.