UNESCO recognizes Ecuador's traditionally hand woven straw paja toquilla hats as a heritage of humankind. "The news was received with excitement and joy especially by farmers, weavers, exporters and in short to all Ecuadorians." EcuadorTimes.net
San Francisco Hat Company envía nuestras sinceras felicitaciones al pueblo de Ecuador y de todo tejedores de paja toquilla y comerciantes en la producción de sombrero de paja en el reconocimiento de patrimonio de la UNESCO!
San Francisco Hat Company sends our heartfelt congratulations to the people of Ecuador and all straw hat weavers and traders in producing of straw hats in acknowledgment of UNESCO's heritage designation!
Traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hat. Photo: Institut National du Patrimoine Culturel
"5 December 2012 – A United Nations committee tasked with protecting the world’s oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, craftsmanship and knowledge of nature today added 20 new items to the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
"The traditional weaving of the Ecuadorian toquilla straw hat, the Buddhist chanting of Ladakh (India), the cherry festival in Sefrou, Morocco, and the craftsmanship and performance art of the long-necked lute known as the Tar are among the elements chosen by the 24-member Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage."