CARE INSTRUCTIONS – ALPACA GARMENTS
Alpaca fiber is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and odor-resistant, so your alpaca items probably don’t need to be cleaned as often as you think.
Hand washing and Dry cleaning and are the gentlest methods of cleaning an alpaca garment, and will add years to the life of your alpaca clothing.
Gently press excess water from the garment.
- Do not iron.
- Do not tumble dry.
- Alpaca clothing should be folded rather than hang to prevent stretching and distortion.
- If you don’t have the time to hand-wash your alpaca garments, you can always take them to a professional Dry-cleaner.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS – PANAMA HATS
A genuine Panama hat is handmade in Ecuador using the Toquilla palm and requires a lot of time, skill and precision.
Your Panama hat should be cared for correctly so you can enjoy it for years to follow.
- Always pick your hat up by the inside of the crown.
- Avoid placing the brim of the hat on a flat surface if the brim points down, as this will warp the brim.
- Avoid oil, ink, cream or any other semi-permanents likely to stain your Panama hat. If you do get something on your Panama hat, try to remove them as quickly as possible before they have time to absorb into the fibers. Try using a moist facial wipe or baby wipe. Don’t scrub too hard because this may damage the weave.
- Do not use chemical cleaners.
- Do not wear your Panama hat in the rain because the excessive moisture will cause your hat to lose its shape.
- To maintain the shape, you can iron it at low temperature, protecting it with a thin cloth to prevent the fibers of the hat from burning.
- Store it in a cool place.
- It is not advisable to fold the hat, as it will lose its original shape.
WHY IS IT CALLED PANAMA HAT IF IT IS MADE IN ECUADOR?
The construction of the Panama Canal caused a great demand for toquilla straw hats from Ecuador, because of their qualities to protect from the sun. From Panama the hat was internationally known and people began to call it “Panama Hat” even though the place of origin is Ecuador.
THE ORIGIN OF THE PANAMA HAT
The “Panama Hat” has deep ancestral roots. The aborigines of the coast of what is now Ecuador used “tocas” made of toquilla straw to protect themselves from the sun. The lightness and flexibility of this fiber favored its use to make hats that over time have become a symbol for Ecuador, being a fusion of nature, manual dexterity of Ecuadorians, and their culture.
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