"The girls could not take off their panama hats"
Traditional Panama hat
Public DomainTraditional Panama hat - Credit: United States Federal Government
Schoolgirl in her summer panama?
Public DomainSchoolgirl in her summer panama? - Credit: Project Gutenberg

Panama hats originated in Ecuador and were exported from the mid-19th century onwards. They are made from a soft straw (obtained from the leaves of the toquila straw plant, Carludovica palmata) and often have a ribbon around the crown.

They have traditionally been worn with warm weather clothing, including schoolgirls' summer uniforms.