The panama: its history

The Panama hat are made from vegetable fibres. Despite their name, they aren’t of Panamanian origin but of Ecuadorian origin.

Moreover, contrary to popular belief, Panama is not a form of hat. In fact, it is a material made from a hand-woven fabric made from young palm shoots from Ecuador.

The panama hat is made of banana fiber. Maison Fabienne Delvigne has always used natural, eco-responsible and high-quality materials.

The banana fiber is flexible, very fine with a pearly sheen. This material is very luxurious.


A beautiful story:

This fiber from banana trees is often left on the ground or burnt. But thanks to the circular economy, it is purified and placed fiber by fiber in old looms. The result of this painstaking work is this sublime linen-like material. Moreover, thanks to this new opportunity, many women have been able to become independent and self-sufficient.
Finally, after its arrival, the material is delicately and manually coloured. It is then sculpted and takes shape under the skillful fingers of the designer.
In the creations, hats, headdresses and bags signed by Maison Fabienne Delvigne, you will find this slightly pearly raw material, a symbiosis of nature, humanism and art.


Would you like more detailed information? We invite you to discover our article “Banana fiber, a noble material” on our website

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