Sombrero Vueltiao in an artistic version from Rafael Salazar ~ Colombian artist ~ Made specially for Colombia
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The sombrero vueltiao is no longer just for Colombian peasants, as its popularity has sharply risen. The increase in demand has also increased the price, such that the original farmers can no longer afford some of the finer hats. The sombrero has also become an admired and appreciated work of art appreciated both by Colombians and foreigners.
The sombrero vueltiao or sombrero vueltiado (Colombian Spanish for turned hat) is a traditional hat from Colombia and one of its symbols.
It is made out of Gynerium sagittatum known locally as ca�a flecha, a type of cane that grows in the region. The word vueltiao is a Colombian regionalism from the northern Caribbean Region and the area surrounding the Magdalena River basin that originates in the word for "turn" or "lap" (Spanish vuelta), and arose due to the way the hat is made. Vueltiao is correctly spelled volteado; however, the altered spelling reflects the actual pronunciation. The quality of the hat is determined by the number of "laps" used and its bending flexibility.
The more flexible the hat is, the higher quality it is.
The making of the hat originated amongst the Zen� tribes of Colombia.
The Colombian delegation to the 2004 Olympics wore the vueltiao during the opening ceremony.
It is also traditionally worn by cumbia dancers and vallenato artists.
October 31st, 2013
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