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Panama Hats South Africa

Patchamama Africa was run by Trevor and Patti Zway, who lived in Ecuador for many years and who have personally sourced the Panama Hats, including some very fine  “finos”, has been importing and selling Panama Hats in South Africa since 2000.

We still travel regularly to Ecuador to visit the weavers and to buy hats. We pride ourselves on having an integral knowledge on the making and finishing of Panama Hats and invite you to purchase online one or more of our Panama Hats in various styles and colours with different bands and finishes.

After 15 years of trading at the Bryanston Organic, Rosebank Sunday and Irene markets, Trevor and Patti relocated to the Garden Route.

Very sadly and untimeously, Trevor passed away in 2017. However, Pachamama Africa, run by Patti Zway, continues to source and sell Panama hats. Pachamama Africa has a show room in Wilderness and trades every Saturday from 8am to 2pm at the Sedgefield “Mosaic” market where you can purchase a range of Panama Hats and other hand crafted Andean products such as Ponchos, Alpaca jerseys, shirts and weavings.

We will gladly courier our Panama Hats to your front door anywhere in South Africa. Economy or overnight  courier rates available.

Panama Hats make great gifts for any occasion – Birthdays, anniversaries, Fathers’ day, Mothers’ day, Corporate occasions etc.