The history of Panama hat goes as far back to the 16th century when it was considered a cottage industry within the coastal communities of Ecuador. The popularity of this hats grew with visiting hat makers from regions that were captivated by the fine quality of the weaves. Hence it was coined the Panama hat due to the point of trade.
U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt was photographed wearing a Panama hat when he visited the construction of the Panama Canal, and thereafter, the Panama hat became a signature style of elegance and sophistication amongst the social elite whilst discovering new worlds and often spotted on the heads of adventurers’ in films.
In 2016, the artisans in Ecuador received recognition from UNESCO when they were included in the list of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as efforts to safeguard the craft.
Kapten Batik's Panama Hat series are crafted with locally handsewn Batik bow.