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Barranco's Panama Hat Factory/Museum - Museum Cuenca - Ecuador

El Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla (Panama Hat Museum) is located in the Paredes Roldán family Panama hat factory, which has been producing the iconic hats for more than 60 years. The factory itself sells Panama hats in all shapes, colors and sizes, and can customize them to your personal preference in 30 minutes time. Hats range from $20 to nearly $1,000, depending on quality and how fine the stitch is. The small museum, visited by a short tour led by one of the factory employees, displays the history and process of Panama hat-making, about the plant paja toquilla, how the hats are colored and molded, and why they are called Panama Hats. Afterwards, you can peruse the stacks of hats in the store and buy one, if desired.

Ca. Larga 10-41, between Padre sguirre and Genral Torres (look out for the giant Panama hat outside)
Cuenca, Ecuador

Museum, Shopping

Open Hours from:Monday-Friday 9 a.m., Saturday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Open Hours to:Monday-Friday 4 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 1:30 p.m.

Contact Information:
Phone: 07-283-1569

Mercado 10 de Agosto, Centro Municipal Artesanal/Casa de la Mujer, Tatoo Adventure Gear, Plaza Rotary, Cuenca Shopping, Carolina Bookstore, Libri Mundi and El Surtido Almacen de Musica.

By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
15 Oct 2012

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