The first straw hats (Petasos) appeared in the days of Ancient Greece - shepherds made them from the simplest material, which literally lay under their feet.
Most of the petasos were worn by travelers, shepherds and peasants. Due to the presence of a belt (lace), straw hats could be worn behind the back.
In the Middle Ages, a straw hat not only protected the wearer from sunstroke, but also testified to his social status and profession.
So, for example, representatives of the upper classes adorned this detail of the toilet with precious stones, city dwellers preferred practical black models, and doctors sported high straw hats. At the end of the 17th century, the straw headdress began to transform from a social marker into a fashionable toilet.
Straw hats can be made from straws of wheat (the real "hat" legend is Florentine straw hats) or straws from the toquilla plant.
It grows only in Ecuador.
It can take up to six months to make one hat, because tokilla can be weaved only at dawn or at dusk - at other times of the day the straw becomes extremely brittle.
Interesting fact: Panama was originally called only hats made from toquilla, which grows in the area of the town of Monte Cristi.