The Weaving of the Straw Hat:
It starts with the characteristic initial button on the top of the hat, called “plantilla”, using only a few pieces of straw and subsequently adding more until reaching a size of 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The next step is to weave the top part of the hat, called “copa”, using a rounded wooden block to guide the weaving process until it reaches the lowest part of the hat, called “falda” – or skirt in English. Finally the “remate” – finishing-off. It uses a special interweave, that leaves long strands of straw poke out at the edges of the hat.