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The genuine Panama Hat is famed for its supple weave and its flexibility. Below are a series of illustrated step by step guides to rolling hats followed by some useful tips for looking after your hat. If your hat is to last a life time, it needs looking after. We’ve put together some simple tips and guidance to keeping your hat in good condition meaning your Panama can remain your trusty travel companion for many years to come.
Hat Care & Rolling Pachacuti

Step 1

Firstly, hold the Panama hat in front of you with the crown running from left to right.

Hat Care & Rolling Pachacuti

Step 2

Carefully push out the crown then, fold the hat along the crease so that one side curves into the other forming a bowl like shape which will begin to roll quite easily.

Hat Care & Rolling Pachacuti

Step 3

Thirdly, gently roll the hat into itself whilst placing a finger on the inside of the crown to prevent the hat from being rolled too tightly.

Hat Care & Rolling Pachacuti

Step 4

A loose rubber band or string may be placed around the rolled hat to hold it in position. Then it should be placed in one of Pachacuti’s balsa boxes or a suitable tube for transportation.(Wide brim hats will not fit our balsa boxes.)

Hat Care & Rolling Pachacuti
Hat Tubes

This lightweight cardboard tube is for storing and carrying our rollable Panama hat whilst travelling. Its size fits all our rollable hats.


Hat Tubes
Rolling not folding

Although Panamas are flexible and can be rolled without undue difficulty they should not be folded, scrunched up or mistreated. Such treatment will soon result in the straw cracking and damage to the weave.

Handy Tip: In intense heat the straw the hat is made from can dry out and become brittle, attempts to roll hats in such a condition could result in them cracking! Humidify the hat by steaming it over a boiling kettle or misting with warm water.

Please Note: Standard grade hats with their courser weaves are less supple and flexible and thus more prone to cracking. Pachacuti recommends that our customers choose the more flexible superior or fine grade hat for rolling.

Store your hat unrolled

Panamas should only be rolled for traveling and should never be stored rolled for long periods of time. The longer a hat is left rolled the longer it will take to return to its original shape. Steaming a misshapen hat can help it regain its shape, see our Care page for details.

Hat Care Guide
The Fiddly Fedora

The fedora hat shape has a sharp ‘pinch’ at the front of the crown and can be liable to crack. If care is taken when rolling and the hat kept supple by humidifying one should be able to roll both Superior and Fine grade Fedora’s without problem.

It’s a sun hat, not a rain hat

Do not wear your panama hat in the rain as excessive moisture will cause you hat to lose its shape. If you hat does become wet let it dry as close to original shape as possible and then follow the instructions below to reshape the hat.

Handling Your Hat

Try not to pinch the front of the crown too much as this is what causes the front to crack. It is best to pick the hat up by the brim or by cupping the crown with an open palm.

If Your Hat Loses Its Shape

If your Panama becomes misshapen you should be able to recover the original shape of the hat by lightly steaming it over a boiling kettle and then shaping the hat by hand back to its original form. A blow dryer can be used on a low heat setting to dry the hat while you are holding its shape.

If the brim has becomes misshapen, you may iron the brim under a slightly damp cloth with the iron on a low setting (high heat iron settings can cause burn marks to the hat). Then the Panama should then be placed over an appropriately shaped object such as a bowl and leave to regain its shape.

Cleaning You Panama

Should your Panama become dirty one should first try to remove dirt by lightly dusting with a dry cloth. Should the mark prove stubborn and difficult to remove in this way try using a moist facial or baby wipe. This should remove most marks although care should be taken not to rub too hard. We recommend to not use soap and water.

Hat Restoration

Got a Panama hat that has seen better days? We offer a hat restoration service in our Leek store. Please get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do.


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