Artesanías Reinaldo Quirós

Fashion & Accessories in La Pintada

The workshop and residence of one of La Pintada's most famous hat makers is in the center of town on the west side of the soccer field. He'll gladly show you around his workshop for US$1.50 per person. Hats for sale range in price from US$20 to US$150 but can reach as high as US$1000 for a multi-ring hat.

The materials used in these hats are bellota (palm fiber), coarser junco dyed black, and pita, a fiber related to cactus, used to sew it all together. These plants are growing in Reinaldo's backyard, so you can see what they look like.

In addition to hats, Reinaldo makes and sells dolls wearing folkloric costumes, model Panamanian houses and bottle covers made from palm fiber.