Floppy Palm Leaf Straw Hat

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SKU: 103113

$139

Woven in the Santa Cruz del Quiché region of Guatemala, this stylish floppy straw hat is exquisitely hand braided with palm leaves.  The braided construction creates a hat that is extra durable, provides sun protection for your everyday activities, and is built to last.

The crown is adorned with a removable headband that is handwoven in the Sacred Valley of Peru.  This floral design shows the importance of potatoes to the Andes and its people. When you plant and nurture a seed, it will continue to grow and give you more than what you started with. The Andean people believe that if you respect or pay homage to the earth, it will reward you abundantly.

Available in sizes Small (Size 7, 56 cm, 22"), Medium (Size 7 1/8", 57 cm, 22 1/4"), Large (Size  7 1/4, 58 cm, 22 7/8") and X-Large (Size 7 1/2, 60 cm, 23 5/8").  Refer to measuring instructions in size chart.

  • Materials: Palm Leaf Straw, Aplaca Wool, Sheep Wool
  • Handcrafted in Guatemala & Peru
  • Ships from Venice Beach, California

 

About The Artisans

The Santa Cruz del Quiché region of Guatemala belongs to the Kʼicheʼ culture who are indigenous peoples descending from the Maya. The Kʼicheʼ language is one of dozens of Mayan languages that still exist today in Guatemala. The meaning of the word Kʼicheʼ is "many trees" and when translated into the neighboring Nahuatl language is Cuauhtēmallān which is the origin of the word Guatemala.

The art of making palm hats has been passed down for centuries within families of hat maestros. The K’iche are passionate about this art form and very proud of displaying their craft to the world, because it blends all of the things that inspire them most; traditional K’iche art, the environment, and working together as a family. The art of Hat making has bettered the quality of life of many artisan families from this region in Guatemala. This type of craftsmanship is not just reserved for the women, but is a shared art form between parents, husbands and wives, their children and multiple generations of family members who all work together as an entrepreneurial team. Everyone in the business is considered an equal and has helped change the idea of gender roles within their communities. Mostly men have been the designated hat shapers and tailors and the women have been responsible for the weaving designs and braiding of the palm leaves.


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