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Turing Straw into Gold

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

Domesticated llama and alpaca species are raised commercially

The quality of a Panama hat is categorized according to how many strands it contains in a square inch, counted in one direction. The tighter the weave, the longer the hat takes to make and the higher its price. The most expensive Panama hats may contain as many as forty strands per square inch. Such calculations are difficult to see without a magnifying glass, so if a Panama hat is on your list of souvenirs to buy during your travel to Ecuador, you may want to pack one along.

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