El Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla

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El Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla Cuenca Reviews

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Panama Hat Factory Aug 11, 2014
Panama Hat Factory is hidden in the garage like entrance of the building on the very busy street of Cuenca. It is very funny to call those traditionally made Ecuadorian hats “Panama”, but they got the name long time ago for the Panama City where they sold them in large quantities. This factory is an old and reputable business that still works with full steam, and you can watch the process and workers making new hats. Whole place is very relaxed and no one is going to bother you while going through different designs, trying different styles or just hanging around checking the way they make hats. They have small museum with lots of old tools, framing, wooden hammers and images from old times. Entrance is totally free and you should see it.
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Panama Hat Museum Oct 19, 2009
This 'Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla' is actually a shop for Panama hats (which originate from Ecuador, not Panama) disguised as a museum. Even if you're not in the market for a hat, it is still a nice place to have a short stop (it is located in the colonial centre). There are several interesting displays of the way Panama hats are traditionally made.

Be aware that if you are looking for a hat, this place is more expensive than the nearby market. However, salespeople of the shop do not impose on tourists, you are free to browse and ask if you need help.
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