Made with a crown of tight braided raffia and a 6" brim of colorful braided cloth-like Toyo.
Blocks the summer sun. Comes in a choice of two colors, or grey-orange or red-orange (the same colors as the sunset sombreros without the raffia top).
The brim is made of a special braided and rolled paper, but you could never tell it is not cloth. This technique was a Japanese invention called Toyo. It is really facinating to see how the hat is made starting from giant rolls of tissue paper like what they might line a box with at a high end department store.
The material is sunproof and the nearly 6 inch brim fully blocks the direct light.
Each strand of fiber has been dyed multiple colors, so when you look at the hat, it has a pleasing complex color, rather than just sections of plain solid color. Unlike in many lower quality hats, there is no polypropylene or other plastics mixed into the toyo to make this hat.
Like a gryphon, the legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, the photo of this hat may look improbable, but we promise you it exists.
Single size runs large.
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