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  • Palm leaf vs shantung
  • Shrink shantung hat

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    03-09-2013, 09:42 PM
Not sure unless it says in the sweatband. Maybe post a pic?
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    03-09-2013, 09:43 PM
Originally Posted by Fort fireman    
Alot of times with the bangora or shantung straw hats once there is a crease in it , it is quite often there to stay. My straw hats are usually only good for one summer then done unless its a palm leaf hat. They are much more resilient than the others.
Ive had mine for 13 years now, lol. I've not warn it everyday, but for showing, and I take it out ever so often to ride in. Its fallen off quite a bit, and is more ivory in color, and the weave is really tight, but also grainy.. if that helps any, lol.
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    03-10-2013, 08:55 AM
Does it have almost a plasticy feel to it? If it does its probably a bangora or shantung. Those have a laquer on them to help keep the shape and also what helps repel water. The bangora and shantung are almost like a heavy paper made of straw without it. The palm leaf have almost a floppy feel to them when dry. When you get them wet the get stiff and heavy. That's when to shape those and when they dry back up they get kinda bendy again but hold its shape that you gave it. I've had shantung and bangora for a long time. Recently I got a palm leaf and will never go back to the bangora or shantung again. The down side with palm leaf is they will sometimes shrink up a tad.
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    03-10-2013, 08:58 AM
Here's a good website for straw hats. Most are palm leaf and they give alot of info and tips for straw hat use and care.

Sunbody Hats: Sunbody Hats, The Leader in Palm Leaf Hats, Wholesale Distributor?

It even has a section of open top hats so you can shape your own how you like.
    03-10-2013, 12:55 PM
That's what we get the Sunbody hats that you shape youself. I like them and they last a long time.
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    03-10-2013, 02:03 PM
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I thought this was on felt hats, too. Lol

Love my Sunbody hat. My trick to cleaning it is to throw it on the ground, put the toe of my boot on a piece of the brim and blast it with a pressure washer. They soak up water well, so when I'm done I give the shape a little facelift and let it dry.

I haven't had as much luck reshaping other straws. I always broke some of the fibers.
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    03-11-2013, 07:34 PM
I threw mine in the kitchen sink. It was soaked until the bubbles stopped. This gave me an opportunity to reshape the crown and remove most of the curl in the brim. I dried it right side up on a few towels and weighted the brim down until it dried. It looks like a new hat.

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