Ecuadorian women weave toquilla straw Panama hats from the plaited leaves of a palm-like plant. The friends work together making hats that exported are exported. Hat-weaving evolved in the early to mid-1600s, became known in the early 1800s and more popular in the mid-19th century when miners of the California Gold Rush traveled to California. ThIs was followed by Theodore Roosevelt who was photographed wearing one in 1906 visiting the Panama Canal.
- MELISSA FARLOW
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- 6632x4484 / 10.9MB
- Contained in galleries
- Long Road South BOOK_National Geographic 1/1999