Hold this hat to the light and you will see the many points where light and air can flow evenly through. However this is not a "semi-calado" where the weave is actually woven into the hat with vent holes and a pattern. Rather, this whole hat is what is called locally in Ecuador as a "brisa weave" (windy weave) because air can breathe through due to the openness of the straw patter.
This is in contrast with Montecristi hats which are very tightly woven and have almost air tight weaves. Very lightweight, weighing a total weight of about 100 grams, it is quickly produced and economical. It generally comes standard with a fabric sweat band.Single woven Cuenca "Brisa" simplest grade of genuine panama hat but is not a Montecristi hat good airy weave with a light weight fabric sweat band.
Blocked in a long oval, can be requested in any type of oval (standard oval, long oval, or X-long oval)
Crown: Front 3.6"/9cm, Back 3.8"/9.5cm
This Panama hat is the classic fedora style, known also as a center dent crown, due to the dent that runs down the center of the crown.
The classic fedora is blocked on a semi long oval hat block rather then a perfectly round one to fit the average person better.
Snap brim on the front causing the brim to tip downward slightly and upward in the back just a little.
Stingy Brim: The smallest brim we can make and still be called a brim! Almost no shade protection here, just style! Some people just look great in short brims! This is a very unique brim for its small size.
There is a small charge (as reflected in the price already) since to make This stingy (short) brim because it requires us to actually unweave a larger brim since the hat bodies are turned in from the weavers as a standard size of about 2.75". So we then need to find a hat body that is not yet closed and can be unwoven, then we unweave about half to one inch. We then weave the straw backwards into the brim itself to close the outer edge of the brim, thus requiring two more expert weavers to do more work on your brim before we can even begin to block it (shape it).
Each and every Panama hat we sell is handmade right here in Ecuador, so no two hats are exactly alike.
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2. Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your head being sure the tape falls above your ears and the ridge of your eyebrows.
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