How to hand-shape a Panama hat

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How to hand-shape a Panama hat
Panama hat

A Panama hat is a brimmed hat made from plaited leaves from the toquilla straw plant. President Theodore Roosevelt made the hat popular after he picked one up during the construction of the Panama Canal.

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    Create steam. This will help you hand-shape your Panama hat. You can use an iron steamer, steam from a traditional iron, or steam created on the stove from a pan of water or tea pot.

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    Don't burn yourself! It is easy to burn yourself with steam, so be careful.

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    Surround the hat with steam, yet do not get it wet.

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    When the hat is soft and manageable, patiently reshape. Re-steam if necessary.

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