There are several styles of straw hats, but all of them are made of woven straw. Many of these hats are formed in a similar way to felt hats; they are softened by steam or by submersion in hot water, and then formed by hand or over a block. Finer and more expensive straw hats have a tighter and more consistent weave. Since it takes much more time to weave a larger hat than a smaller one, larger hats are more expensive.
Panama hats - a fine and expensive hat made in Ecuador.
Conical hats - the distinctive hat worn primarily by farmers in Southeast.
Boater hats - a formal straw hat with a flat top and brim.