SunBody Hat Company is one of those hat specialists that we really like to feature at VillageHatShop.com. Sunbody found a hat niche, sewn-braid palm leaf hats from Guatemala, and for over 20 years has been perfecting it. Sunbody works directly with the hatmakers in Guatemala. Because they pay above market prices, SunBody gets a better quality hat and a reliable supply. We can tell you from our early 1980s experience with hats from Guatemalan, sewn-braid palm, that this was a material with great unrealized potential until SunBody came along . The material was always tough, a great hat for both sun and rain. Now there are very creative styles and features, a full range of sizes, and the consistency that this product needed. Sunbody likes to promote "Fun", but this hat is very practical too.
Sewn-braid, palm-leaf hats are tough. The overlapping layers of palm braid form an almost impenetrable sun block. When they get wet, the hat stiffens and keeps its shape making it a great hat for the river or in the rain.
The hats are easily re-shaped with plain water-no steam is required. One needs to simply imerse the hat in water and re-work the shape by hand. Note however that the sharpest creases for the crown are obtained by wooden blocks.
A horse can step on one and if the hoof doesn't cut completely through the crown, you can pop it back out and keep wearing it.
This is a lot of hat for the money. Each unit is signed on an interior label; the craftsperson in Guatemala takes great pride in his or her handiwork.
For more information on sizing and adjustments for SunBody Hats - click here