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.
A Little Extra Sun Protection With a Little Larger Than Standard Snap Brim: This is the standard brim we recommend for sun protection. It provides the best balance between sun protection and style.
Brim size is a hard thing to recommend because many factors play a part in your selection, such as where you live and the culture, in addition to your personal preferences. But this brim will give that extra protection and still look great in city life (of course that is just my opinion).
Larger Than Standard Brims: There is a small charge on larger than standard brims. This is due to the time it takes the weaver to extend the brim and he will ask a bit more for his work. (Price difference is already reflected in the price shown)
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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