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Pachacuti founder, Carry Somers accompanied by two hat weavers, visits the paja toquilla plantations in the coastal mountains of Ecuador.
Pachacuti founder, Carry Somers surrounded by women hat weavers who are members of one of the cooperatives weaving Pachacuti's panama hats.
Unfinished panama hats, campanas, wait to be trimmed after the brim edges have been backwoven and tightened.
The brim’s woven edged is trimmed to remove the unwanted lengths of straw.
The intricacy of our fair trade hats is created by the hand-weaving techniques of our skilled women weavers. Depending on the fineness of the hat, weaving can take weeks to complete.
Pachacuti’s fair trade panama hats are produced by women’s co-operatives in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. Hat weaving is the principal source of income for these women living in their rural agricultural communities.
How do you know this hat is Fair Trade?
Pachacuti is the first company in the world to be audited against the new World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) certification and labelling scheme. Known as The Sustainable Fair Trade Management System (SFTMS) it is the first certificaton which verifies that the entire supply chain of an organisation is following Fair Trade principles and sustainable environmental practices.
Consequently, since becoming the first company in the world to be certified in December 2009, all of Pachacuti's product range has been labelled Certified Fair Trade. This provides a guarantee of the highest social and environmental standards throughout the entire supply chain, from using sustainable raw materials, to supporting community projects for our producers, right up to converting our UK offices to run entirely on green energy.