In this video we travel to Ecuador, to take a closer look at one of the country’s famed garment products – the handwoven panama hat.
The finest expressions of these hats have more than 4,000 weaves per square inch – a weave so fine it takes a jeweller’s loupe to count the rows. And every single one of those weaves is executed by hand. No loom is used – only dexterous fingers, sharp eyes and Zen-like concentration.
As we learn in the video, this expertise has sustained weavers in the small village of Puzhio for over a century, but many are now dropping the trade and leaving the country to find more lucrative work. Unsurprisingly, the weavers that remain fear the tradition will disappear from Puzhio completely.
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