Hat weaving has kept one Ecuadorian village in business for 150 years, but the tradition is now at risk of dying out

  • Authentic panama hats have been handwoven in Ecuador for centuries.
  • In the small village of Puzhio, the number of hat weavers has dropped from 124 to just 25 in the past 15 years.
  • Many have left the country in search of more lucrative work. Those who remain have little faith that future generations will carry on the tradition.
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