Old Ecuadorian Woman in El Chorrillo, Ecuador - Encircle Photos

28 Old Ecuadorian Woman in El Chorrillo, Ecuador

The origin of the white, straw and brimmed Panama hat is actually Ecuadorian. The streets of Montecristi and El Chorrillo are lined with closet-sized factories where they bleach the toquilla palm leaves, strip them into threads and then weave the hats with a loom or by hand. This woman was the matriarch of one family business. While caring for the grandchildren, she greeted the shoppers and placed a hat on any man who came within arm’s reach.

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Calle 2, Montecristi, Ecuador

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