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Panama Hat style - reblock?

musicguy

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I picked up a panama hat in my travels throughout South America recently. Oddly enough, it was the only one I could find in the 2 hours I set aside to buy one. It was pretty inexpensive, but of a high enough quality that I bought it. It was hand woven in Ecuador out of Paja Toquilla.

Here are some pics:




It has a rather wide brim of around 8.5cm. I'm considering looking into getting it reblocked to have the brim lay nicer, however I'm not sure if it's meant to look like that. The hat is rather flexible; the brim moves easily. Despite the fact that it's not brown
, this seems to evoke a look of a farmer's hat, considering the wide brim.

What do you think about the style, and what do you think about getting it reblocked?
 

mr monty

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Originally Posted by musicguy
I picked up a panama hat in my travels throughout South America recently. Oddly enough, it was the only one I could find in the 2 hours I set aside to buy one. It was pretty inexpensive, but of a high enough quality that I bought it. It was hand woven in Ecuador out of Paja Toquilla.

Here are some pics:




It has a rather wide brim of around 8.5cm. I'm considering looking into getting it reblocked to have the brim lay nicer, however I'm not sure if it's meant to look like that. The hat is rather flexible; the brim moves easily. Despite the fact that it's not brown
, this seems to evoke a look of a farmer's hat, considering the wide brim.

What do you think about the style, and what do you think about getting it reblocked?


Unless you dress like a farmer, the hat won't make you look like a farmer. A good hat store can reblock your hat.
 

JohnShaft

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As something of a hat person myself, that brim seems rather generous if one isn't a planter or a 1940's Sicilian.
It may just be the picture without a head under it that skews things.

As was mentioned, I would have a good hat shop steam and reform the brim to your taste and then let us judge brim size with the hat on your head.

If nothing else, it's an excellent souvenir.
 

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I got someone to bring me back a Panama hat. It had deformed slightly in the plane trip back to Australia, so I managed to re-form it back into shape using a few drops of water rubbed into the straw...a hair dryer (to re-form the dimples in the crown) .. and a gentle iron through a handkerchief to flatten the brim.
 

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