The Beginning of the Weaving
Once the straw has been bleached, the weaver chooses the best pieces and cuts them to the desired length. Every strand is cut with a quick wrist movement, so as to make it as thin as possible and ready for weaving, at the start of the armado phase. After a few hours of weaving by hand, the plantilla, or crown of the hat, is ready.
The broad-brimmed white straw hat is known as the Panama, even though it is from Ecuador: the hat became internationally famous worldwide when, in November 1906, one was worn by President Roosevelt while visiting the Panama Canal.
Borsalino uses completely natural materials and respects the Washington Convention on straw sales.