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Voy y Vengo Hat


[A child presents us with a voy y vengo hat]

A child presents us with a voy y vengo hat


[A closer view of the hat. The zigzag patterns that gave its name to the hat are clearly visible.]

A closer view of the hat. The zigzag patterns that gave its name to the hat are clearly visible.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2009-02-13

When most people think about traditional hats of Panama, the first thing that comes to the mind is the Sombrero Pintado. That is certainly the most popular type of traditional hat in our country. However, the sombrero pintado is a format hat, not a work hat.

For the heavy duty work in the fields, where sweat and dust could easily damage a finer sombrero pintado, our farmers prefer the work hat. There are many types, the most common being the sombrero de junco. In this article, we will feature the Voy y Vengo Hat, a less known type of work hat in Panama.

This hat is made of tougher materials than the sombrero pintado. The name, voy y vengo, could be tranlated into come and go. This curious name could be a reference to the decorative zigzag patterns that come and go in different directions.

This particular hat features five bands on each the top, the cup and the wings of the hat. It can be worn during the rain and it will not ruin itself as it happens with a wet sombrero pintado. The sombrero voy y vengo is not very common sighting, and that is the reason we were delighted to be able to find one and write this article for our visitors.


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