Thanks for that. I have a couple shantung hats and I agree with the assessment. cost effective, light weight and durable. I also have a plastic hat (milan braid) and a couple panamas. All of them make efffective hats. While I have no issue with the use of shantung, I hate the use of terms like "genuine" shantung "panama" or 100% shantung. Terms like these attempt to make paper straw something more than it is when, truthfully, it is a perfectly good hat material and should be called "manufactured" straw or Philippino Straw or something that doesn't seem like a lie. No need to lie about a perfectly useful hat material. Great post. Thanks, again.