La Marqueza Hats® fineness grades of quality have been categorised from Fino grade (WPI 6-10), Superfino grade (WPI 14-16), Extrafino (WPI 18-26) up to Ultra fino grade (WPI 32-42). This is identified by the WPI (Waves Per Inch: the higher the better), a finer hat is more expensive because its processing is more laborious and entails a much longer time.
To determine the Montecristi Cuenta of a Panama hat, count the number of rows of weave in one inch horizontally (or 2.5 cm), place the measuring tape on the side of the hat crown, just above our golden logo. (For example, the hat in the following photo, the horizontal count would be just a little under 23).
Count the number of rows of weave in one inch horizontally, you can do the same by putting the measuring tape vertically. Usually, the vertical count is one or two more waves, so for that reason usually the grade of a Panama Hat will be (6-8 WPI), (10-12 WPI), (14-16 WPI) and so on.
All La Marqueza Hats have been personally picked up and selected one by one, exercising direct fair trade.
We pride ourselves on offering the best quality to our customers, we sell first choice hats only, we do not stock the basic entry level quality of Panama Hats (commercial category: grade 0-4), because our products are flawlessly woven and totally quality guaranteed.