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A Heritage Story

Made with love, by people we know.

More than just the perfect pieces to top off your summer looks, our Ecuador Hats represent a tale of heritage and artistry. Each hat is handwoven with the skills and knowledge passed down through generations of indigenous women who have preserved the art of weaving the Paja Toquilla straw since the 1600s.

A Heritage Story

Made with love, by people we know.

More than just the perfect pieces to top off your summer looks, our Ecuador Hats represent a tale of heritage and artistry. Each hat is handwoven with the skills and knowledge passed down through generations of indigenous women who have preserved the art of weaving the Paja Toquilla straw since the 1600s.

Meet The Ecuador Hat

In 2011, our Co-Founder Karla Gallardo traveled back to her home country of Ecuador to work alongside the Sigsig Community and created Cuyana’s first collection of hats. This season, we are continuing that mission with three new styles.

Meet the Ecuador Hats

In 2011, our Co-Founder Karla Gallardo traveled back to her home country of Ecuador to work alongside the Sigsig Community and created Cuyana’s first collection of hats. This season, we are continuing that mission with three new styles.

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New Open Weave Wide Brim Hat

An intricate design with a striking lace-like pattern and an extended brim for added shade.

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New Straw Bolero Hat

A statement silhouette with a flat, extended brim for extra sun protection and a vibrant grosgrain band.

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New Packable Ecuador Hat

Our go-to travel accessory, made with a looser, softer weave that will hold its shape when folded. Easy to pack, it’s perfect for weekend trips and faraway travels alike. Now updated with an extra hanging grosgrain detail.

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New Ecuador Hat

Our first-ever product and the piece that started it all. The traditional silhouette is now a seasonal favorite, featuring a narrow brim and a contrasting grosgrain ribbon bow.

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New Wide Brim Ecuador Hat

A modern interpretation of the classic silhouette. Our Wide Brim Ecuador Hat makes a strong statement while providing ample shade on hotter days with an extended, full brim.

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New La Toquillera Visor

A chic and modern visor intricately woven with a wide brim for shade and an elastic band for comfort and adjustability.

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Renaming an Icon

In 2011, our Co-Founder Karla Gallardo traveled back to her home country of Ecuador to work alongside the Sigsig Community and created Cuyana’s first collection of hats. 

Last year, in honor of the history and craftsmanship behind our signature hats, we changed the names of our iconic designs from “Panama Hat” to “Ecuador Hat” to accurately represent their origin and the people behind them.

Renaming an Icon

In 2011, our Co-Founder Karla Gallardo traveled back to her home country of Ecuador to work alongside the Sigsig Community and created Cuyana’s first collection of hats. 

Last year, in honor of the history and craftsmanship behind our signature hats, we changed the names of our iconic designs from “Panama Hat” to “Ecuador Hat” to accurately represent their origin and the people behind them.

Widely known as Panama hats, a misnomer perpetuated due to its trading and historical connection to the Panama Canal, our hats are in fact a symbol of Ecuadorian heritage and artisanal artistry. Each hat is a historical art piece, handwoven with the skills and knowledge passed down through generations of Ecuadorian indigenous women.

Widely known as Panama hats, a misnomer perpetuated due to its trading and historical connection to the Panama Canal, our hats are in fact a symbol of Ecuadorian heritage and artisanal artistry. Each hat is a historical art piece, handwoven with the skills and knowledge passed down through generations of Ecuadorian indigenous women.