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The genuine Panama Hat is famed for its supple weave and its flexibility. Although Panamas are made from a type of flexible straw, it is the preparation and fineness of a Panama’s weave that allows it to be and easily packable and foldable ready for traveling. Below are a series of illustrated step by step guides to rolling up three different types of hats. We have also included some useful general suggestions regarding the rolling of Panama hats.

Step 1

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


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.


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.


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.)

Buy a Hat Tube

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

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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.

Store 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
No dry rolling

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 before rolling the hat.

Do not roll Standard weaves

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 and packing.

The fiddley 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.