Who wouldn’t want to own a Panama Hat? They are definitely one of the fashionista’s preferred accessories. Don’t let the name to distract you; these classy hats are actually hand woven in Ecuador. These and many other accessories are made from toquilla or sisal straw. In each item, made from these natural fibers, is expressed the ancient culture and traditions of Ecuador, a country that truly loves life.
Among the natural wonders of Ecuador are exceptional raw materials that later become coveted wardrobe accessories. One that stands out for its incredible finesse is the toquilla straw. The palm tree from which it is obtained grows in the coastal highlands of Ecuador. When it reaches full bloom, at about 80 feet high, it’s cut and transformed into delicate threads. The final result is a number of gorgeously woven premium products.
The materials used to develop their craft are part of Ecuadorian craftsmen’s creative roots and are treated as such. The true worth of each piece is provided by the gifted hands of the artisans. They have transformed toquilla and sisal straw into fine delicate items through the ages. These anonymous artists hold very high the value and pride of tradition and heritage.
FINESSE AT YOUR REACH
True fans of ‘Panama Hats’ know that they come from Ecuadorian cities like Montecristi, Cuenca or Pile. Though some may prefer those of natural color and classic design, as described in the Tom Miller book: “The Panama Hat Trail”, there’s a pick for everybody’s taste. The most popular ones are: the Classic Fedora, Golfer and Borsalino.
True fans of ‘Panama Hats’ know that they come from Ecuadorian cities like Montecristi, Cuenca or Pile.
If hats aren’t your thing, you can also find shigras, an Ecuadorian handbag anciently used by indigenous women. They are hand woven in jute, another natural fiber of great finesse and adaptability. Until recent years, women used these bags to carry seeds and plants, but today they’ve evolved into the most stylish handbags.
While the origin of hats and shigras has a functional nature, local designers and artisans have rediscovered these handmade products and transformed them into fashionable accessories of the best-quality imaginable. Their long-lasting and great-looking materials are coveted specially among European countries.
Local designers and artisans have rediscovered these handmade products and transformed them into fashionable accessories.
One of the brands that has been part of such evolution is Natural Maqui. This brand strives to produce world class woven items. Natural Maqui has developed specific projects with renowned brands such as Hermes (France), Valentino (Italy) and Pantropic (U.S.A). Whether you want something casual or elegant, try a Natural Maqui premium product. They have a large offer of top quality accessories for every taste.