English Tropical Panama
Typically thought of as a modern concept due to its elaborate designs – However is in fact a style of weaving that can be dated back to thousands of years ago – traditionally called a Basket weave you can guess the rest.
In a panama cloth, groups of warp and weft threads are interlaced so that they form a simple criss-cross pattern. Each group of weft threads crosses an equal number of warp threads by going over one group, then under the next, and so on. The next group of weft threads goes under the warp threads that its neighbour went over, and vice versa.
A true Panama can be identified by its checkered appearance, made of two or more threads in each group.
The modern Panama cool wool cloth may also refer to a lightweight or midweight woollen fabric made using this weave. It is soft and loose, with a fine, grainy surface, used for men's and women's suits. The name of the fabric directly relates to the straw weave used in a Panama hat.