Is it true that Panama hats originated in Ecuador?
Yes, it is true! And the name is definitely a bit of false advertising. The hat that many people have grown to know and love as the Panama hat was produced in Ecuador starting as early as the 17th century and were often sold inÂ Ecuador’s infamous markets. These straw hats, like many other goods in Central and South America, were first shipped to the Isthmus of Panama before sailing to their international destinations. Because of this, they ended up acquiring a name that reflected their origin of mass sale instead of their origin of creation, unfortunately.