132 - 24th April 2006 - Panama Hat Factory - Cuenca


Showing us how the palma tree is split


Village weavers then turn it into these base hats


Loads of Panama hat bases


This man then squishes the base hat into the required final shape


Hats at vary stages of bleaching and washing


Hats, hats and more hats


Close up


The bleaching vats


The hats are a natural tone before they are bleached to the white used for most Panama hats


However, some are dyed


The pressing machine


Man shaping the hats


Steam is used to quicken the process


Before shaping


After shaping


Various moulds and hat sizes


Offcuts


These weren't there when we first came in. Ten minutes later they were.


A colourful pile


The hat stock room


Putting on the finishing touches


Arty Panama Hat Shot - We have to have at least one


The store - Panama Hats in all their glory for ladies


For the races


For me


For tiny people


For rich people - some hats can fetch up to $600


They also make accessories


Ladies race hat


And another


Pip in a Panama


Pip in a ladies Panama


A Montecriste - One of the finest


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