The traditional hat in Panama is called “Sombrero pintao” or “Pintado” with thin black line patterns. This is the hat that traditionally comes from Panamá and is worn with great pride by the inhabitants.
The hat is woven from fibers of palm leaves, agave, peach palms and reeds and usually has brown or even black patterns in the form of stripes.
There are different ways of wearing the Sombrero Pintao. Most people wear it with the front brim raised. This wearing form means something like “I am very well today!” or “I am still available!”.
The headgear known as the “Panama Hat” originated not in Panama, but in Ecuador. In 1912, it was the then U.S. President Roosevelt who returned from his Panamá trip with just such a straw hat and so it happened that the “Panama Hat” is not called “Ecuador Hat”.