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Christmas in Pile

February 11, 2013
Christmas in Pile

  Andrea reported this from Ecuador around Christmas, and I haven’t had a chance to post it until now: Complete success on Christmas in Pile. Maria and Simon were near tears over Carlos’ commissions; they are tired of their son working night shifts. Carmen could not even speak! She plans to buy a washing...
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An Introduction to Fine Panama Hats

October 19, 2011
An Introduction to Fine Panama Hats

Authentic, classic Panama hats are not made in Panama. They are, and always have been, made in Ecuador. So why are they called Panama hats if they really come from Ecuador? Good question. The way-too-short answer is that the hats were purchased in Panama and the buyers didn’t know where they were made. (Hey,...
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Simon Espinal: State of the Artist

August 1, 2011
Simon Espinal: State of the Artist

How’s Simón doing? Better. Both artistically and financially. No, I don’t have any photos of Simón with his new SUV in front of his new McMansion. But he is most definitely a success story. Before we began to work together, he could not earn enough from weaving to support his family. He worked on...
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A buyer like me: Simón’s experience

July 31, 2011

Simón Espinal is the best weaver in the world. I have been buying his entire production for years, paying him double what he used to earn, plus an artist’s commission on sold hats. But he had heard rumors of easy work and high pay in Venezuela. Yikes. Not true, but he doesn’t know that....
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Simon Espinal: The Best Weaver Alive

July 24, 2011
Simon Espinal: The Best Weaver Alive

Those are the hands of Simón Espinal. Son sin iguales, los manos de Simón Espinal: They are without equals, the hands of Simón Espinal. I searched for fifteen years to find those hands. Those hands create the finest hand-woven hats on planet earth. Possibly, the finest ever. Hats that are, quite literally, the stuff...
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