I shot this at a market in Ecuador a while back. It is one of my favorites, and in my head the story goes that the boy plopped the hat on the girl’s head just before he sat on her lap, trying to entice her. Pretty sweet display.
The Panama hat, as you see being sold at this vendor’s stall, comes from Ecuador, and is a fine hat made of plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant. The first place of shipment of the hats was Panama, from where they were shipped around the world. It was also here that US President Theodore Roosevelt famously wore the hat while viewing the construction of the Panama Canal, increasing the hat’s popularity immensely.