It's All in the Way you Wear the Hat

Among the many Panamanian traditions, on this occasion we'd like to highlight the wide variety of hats made and worn in our countryside.

Each artisan has his own style of hat making that can be noted by the weaving, materials, or regional identity.

A classic example, well known among tourists, is the Painted Hat or Sombrero Pintado, named after the town of La Pintada in the province of Coclé. Characterized for being ​​made of natural fibers, the quality of each hat is determined by the number of rounds of straw woven.


Hats and how they are worn are indicative of the culture, as seen in the following examples:

-Both the front and back hat brims are folded: denotes the wearer's success and sense of fulfillment.

-Only the back of the hat brim is flipped up: denotes the wearer's intellect.

-No fold in the hat brim: intended to protect the eyes from the sun.


These and other insights are shared in the following video.