NEW Handmade raffia “Panama” style sun hat with wide brim. Made from high quality natural raffia fiber. Look good and keep cool, while keeping the sun off your face. Avoid harsh sun-glare that causes wrinkles and may cause sun-damage. Timeless casual beach fashion.
TIP: If you’ve folded your hat or packed it away in a small bag, you might find it’s crumpled. No problem! Simply iron it flat again with a steam iron on low heat.
Choose from a range of sizes including children’s hats. (head size: 52cm)
Raffia comes from the Raffia Palm (Raphia farinifera), a tropical palm tree endemic to Africa. It does not come from the Palmyra Palm. (Borassus flabellifer), whose leaves and bark provide other types of strong plant fibers.
- The fruits are oblong to ovoid and covered with glossy golden brown scales. It can be eaten once boiled. The fruit also sources edible oil and edible seeds.
- Sap obtained from the trunk can be made into palm wine and sweet beverages.
- The stem, on the other hand, yield an edible starch.
- A commercially important and strong fiber known as raffia can be obtained from the leaves of this tree. It is used in weaving, thatching, hut construction, etc.
- Piassava, fibre obtained from the leaf sheaths, is used for making brooms and ropes.
- Lower surface of the leaves yield wax which can be used as a polish for boats and floors, and in candle production.
- Oil extract from fruit pulp and kernels is used in soap making.
- The wood is used for construction.
- This tree loves moist, swampy ground. It grows in riverine and groundwater forests, gallery forests, freshwater swamp forest, along river banks and in the western shoreline forests of Lake Victoria, one of the African Great Lakes, at elevations from sea level to 2,500 metres. It’s natural range is in Tropical Africa from Senegal to Cameroon; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Madagascar.
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