Stovepipes and other toppers (Drive Day 151: November 27th, 2003)

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Of course, the moment we order up some Panama hats for ourselves and family (they roll up and store without wrinkles) we discover that wearing them in Cuenca will mark us as tourists. The locals prefer these much more distinctive toppers; literally the style of each differentiates villages and families. Some feel like they’re made of plaster while others are soft and pliable. And the name of the most famous, and friendly, local hat maker? Angel, of course.

hat maker, equador copy

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