The two most common and classic types of weaves used for Genuine Panama Hats handwoven in Ecuador are the Herringbone (Llano) and Brisa.
This design is since always traditionally used for Montecristi hats, characterised by its impeccable herringbone shape, employs more straw (the double than a brisa weave) to make a hat. This weaving type allows the hat to be more robust while best quality, resulting in a more durable, flexible and smoother surface finish. Due to its characteristics, this particular design takes longer to produce and this is one of the reasons why these hats are more expensive than the other kinds of hats and weaves. The grades (count per inch) can vary from fino to ultrafino weave.
This design is the most used in Cuenca hats, takes less time to produce, as it is a less intricate design resulting in a low-end cross woven hat, it is a less durable quality as the straws are more prone to crack over time. This weaving type looks like little irregular diamonds/squares and the artisan normally takes 3 days of weaving for a fino grade. It is the most common around the market and it allows to those with modest budgets to afford a Panama hat. The grades (count) can vary from fino to ultra fine.
Other type of weave:
This design is also handmade in Cuenca like the brisa one, but this one employs the crochet technic, resulting in a more robust and hardy finish. This type of weave is still flexible and it would be perfect for active lifestyle gardeners, surfers or people who is looking for a low maintenance Panama hat.