Demonstration of authentic hat making techniques.
The genuine Panama hat has it's origins in Montecristi, Ecuador.
The hat makers generally work to weave the toquilla straw strands for up to one hour at a time before resting.
The following are additional steps to be accomplished after the hat is woven.
Manta, Ecuador, is the home of the Bototagua button making factory. The buttons are made from corozo (vegetable Ivory or Ivory nut) and from coconut. The corozo can only be found in Ecuador (and parts of Columbia) I understand.