The process making traditional Ecuadorian straw hats called “toquilla”. These hats are hand-woven from palm fibers (a plant called “toquilla palm” or “jipijapa palm”). But the process of weaving and finishing the toquillas surprisingly is more complicated than you would think.
Here is an article on this topic: http://nationalclothing.org/america/80-ecuador/241-history-and-significance-of-ecuadorian-toquilla-%E2%80%93-traditional-handmade-straw-hat.html
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