This is a light coloured, light weight, and breathable genuine Panama Hat. Each hat is unique , skilfully hand-woven in Ecuador over several days or more. The brim size is 12cm or 5", please note the brim exact size may vary slightly as it is hand woven.A Panama hat is a traditional brimmed hat of Ecuadorian origin that is made from the plaited leaves of the Toquilla straw plant. The name reflect the hats point of international sale rather than their place of domestic origin; hence "Panama hats". Glorified during the 19th century, the Panama hat since been considered the prince of straw hats. The Ecuadorian national hero and emblematic figure Eloy Alfaro helped finance his liberal revolution of Ecuador through the export of panamas. The Panama hat continues to provide a livelihood for thousands of Ecuadorians, unfortunately The UK's Financial Times Magazine of 13 January 2007 reported that there might be no more than 15-20 years remaining for the industry in Ecuador, due to the competition of paper-based Chinese-made imitations. Hat sizing: To check your hat size in case you do not know it, carefully measure your head using a flexible tape measure. To ensure you measure the circumference of your head correctly, the tape measure needs to be over the middle of your forehead, just above your ears and sit midway at the back of your head. Do not pull the tape too tightly unless you want your hat to be as tight. Measure yourself more than once just to be as accurate as possible. If you do not have a flexible tape measure, a piece of string can also be used (although not as accurate).