Definitions for panama hat
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a hat made of finely plaited young leaves of the jipijapa plant.
Origin of Panama hat:
boater, leghorn, Panama, Panama hat, sailor, skimmer, straw hat(noun)
a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown
A type of brimmed hat from South America, originally made with straw.
a fine plaited hat, made in Central America of the young leaves of a plant (Carludovica palmata)
A Panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. Traditionally, hats were made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmata plant, known locally as the toquilla palm or jipijapa palm, although it is a palm-like plant rather than a true palm. Panama hats are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable, and often worn as accessories to summer-weight suits, such as those made of linen or silk. Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, panamas began to be associated with the seaside and tropical locales. The art of weaving was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists the 6th of december, 2012.
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