by Norie Matsumoto
When Norie traveled to Ecuador, she found a beautiful craft hat, which is called Panama hat. The hat industry is very important for Ecuador’s culture and they still keeping the hand made quality. There are such a high quality hats but she found all hat using almost same ribbons which is plane black one and it seems not important the quality for the ribbons.
Therefore, she wanted to design a ribbon for Panama hat, which would also keep the handcraft quality. She uses gilding for applying gold and silver leaf on silk tulle. Gold and Silver leaf are stick double side on the fabric, so it can be seen from both side. Gilding leaf is super thin and light metal, so it is very good match for soft fabric such as a tulle and using for hat ribbon.