Panama hats are made in Ecuador, not in Panama
Since 1630 Panama Hats are handwoven in Ecuador. Made of the fibres from the Toquilla Palm, called Carludovica Palmata .
In 1906 Theodore Roosevelt (26th US President) wore one of those hats while visiting the constructions of the Panama Canal. His picture traveled around the world and since then, the Ecuadorian Hats have been called Panama Hats.
Each Ecua-Andino hat is handmade from 100% natural fabrics. Every piece is the result of unique craftsmanship all promoting eco-luxury.
In 2012, The UNESCO declared the art of weaving a Panama hat in Ecuador as a Intangible Cultural Heritage. It was a big step for the Toquilla hat industry and a huge pride for the Ecuadorian people.