Why is the Panama straw hat called Panama Hat?
"El Mundo" newspaper from Spain reviews one of the most famous garments in the world, known for its glamor, especially among the most outstanding exponents of Hollywood cinema; Popularized by an American president during the historic inauguration of the Panama Canal in 1914 and become a mandatory trend for the bourgeoisie of the northern hemisphere during the twentieth century. However, the origin of this garment for many people in the world still remains as an enigma of humanity, it is the Ecuadorian straw hat toquilla.
In a report made by the Spanish newspaper "El Mundo" about this famous garment, and entitled "History of a hat," explains the origins of the straw hat ecuadorian Ecuador and that for a long time was mistakenly known as Panama hat The Panama Hat.
According to historical records, the confusion of naming the Panama straw hat as a Panama hat when the construction of the canal began, an interoceanic navigation between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The more than 50,000 workers who worked in the construction of the Panama Canal used toquilla hats straw to cover the intense hours of sun that they had to endure. The freshness and delicacy of these hats made them a highly valued garment, so exports from Guayaquil to Panama increased more and more.
The use of the straw hat was popularized even more when President Roosevelt wore it at the opening of the Canal in 1914. Little by little, this classic garment was positioned among nationally and internationally recognized characters.
In 2012, the traditional fabric of the Ecuadorian straw hat was recognized by Unesco as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This recognition is an important part of the historic claim that has been driven by the National Government to make the toquilla straw hat known as a 100% Ecuadorian product.
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