Xipixapa Hats are made in Ecuador, hand-woven by independent hat weavers from the plaited leaves
of the toquilla palm. Using various weave techniques, the coloured straws are processed,
in hours of craftsmanship, into textures and patterns to so-called blanks.
The weaving requires a lot of care and experience.
After weaving is finished, the excess of straw that remains hanging from the brim is weaved backwards and the remaining straw is cut. In a small manufactory the different crown shapes are molded into the blanks with the use of a steam press.
After further fine work Xipixapa Hats are finally ready to start out for Europe.
In 2012 the art of weaving a traditional Ecuadorian toquilla hat is added to
the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists, a term used to define practices, traditions,
knowledge and skills communities pass down from generation to generation
as part of their cultural heritage.
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