A question about the panama hat...
I address this question to those "in the know" about Montecristi and Cuenca crafted hats. I think I pretty much got the informative side of those wonderful hats covered, the meaning of weaves per inch, the desire that the weaves be as consistently "regular" as possible, etc.
Sometimes, I have noticed, there appear to be hats where the weave is such that regular, parallel, "diagonal" lines are visible, as if (I know that's not the case, though!), as if there would be parallel fine threads woven through the hat crown or brim. I feel this makes for a "machine made like" look.
What is, I ask, your attitude towards this phenomenon? Is it indicative of some quality (or lack of it) criterion? Do top class panama hats have this visible element, or is it limited to lower qualities only?
I will make no secret that, personally, I don't like it at all. I like the weave to be visibly "artisanal", hand-made, and (e$pecially at my level, I must clarify...) I like this "hand made" quality to be plainly visible, (minor) "imperfections" included.
Thanks for your clarifying me on this point!
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I think I know what you are talking about, but it would be helpful if you would post a picture (or two).
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