Yosuzi Venezuelan Hats

As soon as I saw these Yosuzi hats I imagined Carrie Bradshaw wearing one as she traipsed around the West Village. Beautifully colored and handmade in Venezuela, these hats are not only a statement piece but charitable. A portion of each sale goes to a non-profit dedicated to the health, clothing and education of Indian children.

From the Yosuzi site: 

Born and raised in Venezuela, Yosuzi, which means “cactus flower” in the Guajiro native dialect, spent her childhood immersed in the traditional ceremonies, stories and artisanal crafts of her ancestral Guajiro heritage. Stories of her Great Grandfather, Chief Yajaira, and of her Grandmother, Flor Emmanuel, winner of the first Miss Venezuela competition in 1946, instilled in Yosuzi a strong emotional tie to her native roots.

The hats are made of 100% Iraka Palm Straw, harvested from the Iraka Palm, and finished with whimsical, handwoven trimmings. Each hat takes about eight hours to weave. Made with a diagonal weaving technique unique to the tribe, the hats’ patterns and symbols represent the spiritual wisdom of Yosuzi’s ancestors.

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