Getting the Edge

Getting the Edge

8. The Rematadora Weaves the Brim Edge


When weavers “finish” hats, the hats have four to six inches of loose straw fringe all around the brim (right) . This is how Montecristi hats look when the rematadora receives them.

The rematadora uses a specialized weave, called the back weave.

The straw is literally turned back toward the crown (above) and woven into a loose band around the outer edge of the brim.

Some of my hats have the edges woven by the rematadora above. Some by the rematadora shown below. At the time of this writing (February 2007) there are six rematadoras. These six weave the backweave for all Montecristi hats being produced now.

To take hats to the rematadora above, you have to be in good health. Her house is up a hill. A steep hill. A seriously steep hill. A driveway is out of the question. We parked below and hiked up. Goats mocked us for even attempting the climb. Chickens bet amongst themselves whether or not we would die.



The completed back weave is like a bound edge to keep the hat from unraveling. It is very important to the overall quality of the hat.

Notice how she has separated the straws into upper and lower rows. (right and below)

The more finely woven the hat is, the more finely woven the back weave must be. Finer hats take longer to weave, take longer to back weave.



Next, we’ll watch the azocador tighten the back weave into a strong, tight edge band. Next Page

9. The Azocador Tightens the Brim Edge go to

 
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