This is the classic Montecristi, Grade 30, from Manabi Province in Ecuador-how it was originally made and sold.
A hat that is becoming somewhat hard to keep in stock as it is becoming increasingly difficult to find weavers capable of committing the time and having the skill to weave a hat at this level of fineness and complexity.
So flexible and durable it can be rolled like cloth for storing.
2 1/2" to 3 1/2" brim (varies).
Approx. 4" crown.
-No lining or sweatband.
Included with purchase:
*Elastic black hatband.
*A length of traditional grosgrain ribbon, that can be wrapped around the crown and knotted at the side.
*Use and Care instructions.
Color: Traditional color of unbleached "paja toquilla" straw (Carloduvica palmata) from which they are made.
Sizes: Indicate your hat size in the Special Intructions section on the shopping cart.
Rolling this hat for transport will create a crease down the center of the hat -this is a style-point that is the forerunner of the Optimo-style associated with the history of Panama hats.
We invite you to price compare this hat at this quality with all other hat sellers. [IMAGE ON THIS PAGE IS THE INSIDE OF THE CENTER OF THE CROWN. IT SHOULD GIVE VIEWER SOME IDEA OF THE WEAVER'S WORK. COMPARE TO THE GRADE 20.]
We send an information letter to people who purchase this hat. Here is the link to this Montecristi Fino letter. Reading it may answer many of your questions.
On April 17, 2004 Tom Miller, author of THE PANAMA HAT TRAIL, spoke at our Hillcrest store in San Diego. This 1986 classic of travel literature and the hat industry was re-issued in 2001 by National Geographic Adventure Press with an introduction by Tony Hillerman.