Handmade Cuenca Grade 4 Plantation Panama Hat

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Cuenca Grade 4 Plantation Panama Hat
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Stock #: CU-1464

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  • Grade: Cuenca Grade 4
  • Model: Plantation
  • Hat Size: 22 1/2" / 57cm / 7 1/8
  • Brim Size: 4.90cm / 1.93in
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Similar a Montecristi weave and many times called a "Montecristi hat" and sold as such in the open market, but it actually isn't. It is made in Cuenca Ecuador so it is a genuine "Panama hat" but not a "Montecristi Panama hat" since it was not made in the city of Montecristi.

This Cuenca version of the "Montecristi hat" goes through the normal treatments of a Cuenca hat. The weave pattern is looser and if you hold it to the sun you will see it is a more open weave, not as air tight as a Montecristi hat. To the untrained eye it does look a lot like a Montecristi hat and in many ways even the coloration can be very similar. That doesn't make it a bad hat, it just makes it a Cuenca hat. They have their upside in price!

Cuenca Grade 4 - Similar to a Montecristi Fino Grade type of weave

The Classic Plantation Panama hat is known for a larger brim and great sun protection. Uses the same block as Fedora #1, but the difference is in the brim, and blocked in standard oval.

The front of the crown is 4.1" - 4.3", and the back of the crown is lower then the front measuring between 3.3" - 3.5" giving it a sloping appearance from the side profile. The height on the side is 4.1" - 4.5".

This Classic Plantation Panama hat is blocked on a semi oval hat block rather then a perfectly round one to fit 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 Panama hat comes with one hat band of your choice, but you may want to include a few extra hat bands- a quick way to change the personality of your Panama hat!

Each and every Panama hat we sell is handmade right here in Ecuador, so no two hats are exactly alike.

DID YOU KNOW? You can custom design a hat exactly to your specifications! Click Here

1. Print our measuring tape to ensure an accurate measurement.

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.

3. Using your measurements, you can view our current stock of all Panama hats for your size.

Send us your question about this Cuenca Grade 4 Plantation hat, and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

You can also give us a call, toll-free at 1 800-876-6956

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