Saturday, July 1, 2017

Product Spotlight: African Straw Hats

We have carried West African straw hats, from Ghana and Burkina Faso, since 2010. These unlined herder's hats excel at sun protection, are made from lightweight elephant grass, and have braided leather chin straps. They can be shaped by soaking them in cool water, allowing the water to soak in for about a minute, and then flexing the brim or shaping the crown as needed. Try to avoid wetting the leather. If you find your hat to be a bit small, we suggest you wet the crown, fit it over your head to stretch it, and then set it aside to dry. Conversely, soaking the crown in warm water will cause it to shrink up a bit if your hat is too large. Each of our hats is unique and is listed individually, so only one can be ordered of each. Our African straw hats are imported by African Market Baskets, a member of the Fair Trade Federation.


  1. Rumor has it Tango Zulu straw hats are being featured by Martha Steward Living magazine.

    1. Yes, we are beyond excited! You can see the digital version at We are shipping A LOT of hats!