Visual Story:The hat-making industry in Curaçao

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Straw hat production was an important source of income in Curaçao in the early 20th Century.[1] Many of the refined so called "panama hats" sold in Europe in the 1910s were produced in Curaçao.[2]

This industry is not extensively described in written sources and research, but old photographs and objects in various cultural institutions' collections document various aspects of this industry.

Hat making through time

Examples of hats from Curaçao

All examples below are from the collections of Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.

Other woven objects

The collection of Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen also contains other objects from Curaçao that are woven from straw or other plant-based materials. A few examples:

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