The construction of the Panama Canal caused a great demand for toquilla straw hats from Ecuador, because of their qualities to protect from the sun. From Panama the hat was internationally known and people began to call it “Panama Hat” even though the place of origin is Ecuador.

For Ecuador, this has been a mixed blessing because it has created confusion concerning its origin and has ever since been lamented by its true creator and only country of origin and manufacture, Ecuador.

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