Here at Equal Earth we are passionate about our Panama Hats!
Traded and packed by ourselves, we will not be beaten on quality! Our hats are all fairly traded and ethically sourced directly from our friends in Ecuador.
Each hat is meticulously hand woven from Toquilla palm which is indigenous to the coastal regions of South America. They all have a sewn in comfort, as well as average brim size of 6cm (however this can vary from hat to hat, so should you wish for a smaller or larger brim width, please feel free to message us as we may be able to help with your request).
These hats have been dyed with a natural dye, harvested from the Juglans Neotropica plant; a species of tree found in South America. These trees produce a hard nut, similar to that of a wallnut, and it is these ripe fruits produce a strong red to brown dye. These hats in particular has been traditionally dyed with this stain, giving them their distinctive reddy-brown colour.
Included with every order are 2 cork strips which can be used to help 'fine tune' the hat. This is great when buying a hat for a friend or relative as a gift, it can be difficult to obtain their exact hat size, so these cork strips can help adjust the hat 1-2cm. Simply pop the cork strips underneath the comfort band to help achieve a tighter fit.
Each hat comes with a glossy pamphlet that details information on how to care for the hats, as well as a little bit about their history.
Unsure about brown? If it's not quite your colour, we also have a white and a light brown option available!
You can find them in our store!
Measuring Your Head
Obtaining the right size hat can make all the difference when it comes down to the style and appearance of your panama. You don’t want it so big that so it drops down over the tops of your ears or blows off in the wind - nor too small so it perches on the top of your head.
To ensure you measure the circumference of your head correctly, the tape measure needs to be placed around the middle of your forehead, just above your ears and sit midway at the back of your head. Do not pull the tape too tightly unless you want your hat to be as tight.
We recommend to measure yourself 2-3 times just to be as accurate as possible.
If you do not have a flexible tape measure, a piece of string will do (although this method is not as accurate). Once you have measured your circumference and marked the string, lie it flat and measure it.
IMPORTANT - please note that sizing is NOT accurately determined by the measurement of the inner band of an existing hat, as the type and stretch of the inner band fabric in each hat can affect accuracy. We recommend the best method of measuring for your new hat is to measure your own head.
Please see the photo in our product images for help with measuring your head.
We have new stock arriving all the time, so if the size you require is out of stock you are welcome to pre-order from us! Please message us for details!
The History of The Panama
Although these hats have always been woven in Ecuador, they were first called a 'Panama Hat' when the Panama Canal was being constructed in the 19th century in Panama, South America.
The light weight yet strong hats were perfect for protecting the workers from burning in the tropical sun. The hats are woven from the Toquilla palm, indigenous to the coastal regions of Ecuador. Their history can be traced as far back as the Incas who were the first to weave hats from this fibrous plant, first observed in the 16th century.