The Montecristi hat is mistakenly known as Panama Hat. The hat is woven by Ecuadorian hands. Montecristi is the attractive center of these handmade hats. Weavers take between 1 to 6 months to weave a hat.
The hat has several degrees of tissue. If the fabric is finer, the price will be higher. The value of a Montecristi hat is between $ 50 to $ 800.
The Panama hat in 2012 was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. A committee has been formed to safeguard the traditional fabric of this hat.
The INPC (National Institute of Cultural Heritage) along with seven ministries are part of the committee. This Interinstitutional Committee for the Protection of the Traditional Woven of the Panama Hat will sign an agreement.
They are part of this committee: the Ministry of Culture and Heritage; Tourism; Industries and Productivity; Agriculture; Aquaculture and Fisheries; Cattle raising; Foreign trade; Economic and Social Inclusion.
The committee has functions to implement the Safeguard Plan. The functions are based on Coordinate, articulate and formulate policies and actions aimed at protecting the hat. In this way the Montecristi hat will have more guarantees. It will also be better known in international markets.
The territorial tables of Manabí, Guayas, Santa Elena, Cañar, Azuay and Morona Santiago also come together to develop the plan to safeguard the woven of Montecristi hat.
In addition to safeguarding the woven of the hat, the work of the weavers will be recognized and valued.