Shinehats Ultimate List - 22 Raw Materials For Making Straw Hats

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The first step to make a good straw hat is choosing the right material.Today, I will bring you 23 kinds of materials for straw hats, take a look!


Natural Grass


1.Wheat Straw


Straw braided strips are hand-braided with wheat stalks and then processed into caps with specifications as 1.5cm, 1.2cm, 1.Ocm, 0.8cm, 0.6-0.7cm, etc. Thin and high-end braids, the thinner the braid, the higher the price. 

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             Straw braided Hat                                                                   Straw Visor                                                                0.6cm Straw


2.Salty Grass


Also known as Triglia, or stone grass, once found in Lu Chu Sanbu Village, Gangshan Tan Di Yang, WuJia Mei, etc. Party. 


Grow in clusters, rhizomes cross the soil, erect stalks, triangular and up to one meter tall. Inflorescence apex, three bracts in the inflorescence, the leaves at the base of the stalk, hard to be found. Three bracts at the base of the inflorescence; the whole inflorescence has about 5 to 10 radiant branches of varying length, about 5 to 12 spikes on each radiating branch.


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Angelica Hand-braided Hat                                             Angelica Rope-braided Hat                    Angelica Hand-hooked Bucket Hat


3.Indigofera Bungeana Walp


A semi-shrub plant in the legume family. Up to 90 cm. The branch is covered with tinkly hairs. Leaf 9-11, ellipse round, obovate or obovate with circle, 1-2.5 cm long, apex or slightly concave, base round wedge, petiole.


The leaf axils and leaves are dimmed on both sides. Inflorescence 3-10 cm long; corolla pale red or purple red. Fruit stick shape, 1-3 cm long, densely dimmed when young. Flowering Time is May, Fruit time is from September to October.


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Hand-woven Cowboy Hat


4.Hollow Grass


A perennial herbaceous plant with short subterminal stem, Portuguese-dyed, stalk tufted erect, cylindrical, solid, brown base of stem, degenerate scaly sheath leaves, spike-shaped inflorescence, apex, stalk-shaped, base bracts extended, stem-shaped, 2 under flowers ochreous, ochreous or elliptical, seed yellow obovate-ochreous, humid, cold-resistant, drought-resistant . 


The soil conditions are not strict, but it is advisable to choose a moist, fertile and loose cultivation "Heart grass is also a medicinal plant. Its stem marrow or whole herb has the effect of cleaning heat and wetting water. It can treat gonorrhea, tension, restlessness, throat paralysis, trauma and so on.


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The raw materials are imported from Madagascar and can be dyed. They are handwoven, crocheted, braided and woven.   


It is expensive and is recognized by the international market for its strong toughness and extraordinary character. The grass is smooth on the outside and refreshing on the inside. It is not afraid of water and is extremely firm. Therefore, it is also regarded as a love grass, which means that people should treat love consistently and unswervingly.


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The grass has been used to weave a variety of ornaments rich in ethnic characteristics. In addition, tying a raffia wishing rope on the longevity pine can pray for the safety of the family, the well-being of the parents, and the health of the children; . Raffia has many loyal fans at home and abroad.


Raffia hand-knitted bucket hat is a bit expensive, price varied from 30-90 according to the with and shape, the thinner the higher price. 1cm 3 lines thin, 1cm 2.5 lines medium, 1cm 2 lines thick.  


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6.Treasure Grass


The heart of Rafia grass, the most expensive, rarest raw materials for straw products.


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7. Musa Textilis


expensive and stainable.


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8. Pogonatherum Crinitum


white, soft, well-braided straw hats are bright, beautiful and elegant.


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It is the material to make panama straw hat .A plant native to Ecuador. Panama Straw Hats have soft, delicate texture, like silk. If rolled into a trigonal shaped cylinder and collected into an exquisite box, hard to have folds or other marks, commonly found besides Panama Canal.


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10.Mat Grass

This is the material to make lifeguard straw hat,the most hot selling straw hat on Amazon.


Distributed around the globe, ancient name as "Lingrass," a multi-year herbaceous plant, belongs to the lampcore grass family, underground rhizome cross-walking, there are slender and densely grown root. Stem rounded, thin upper and lower thickness, tufted, 100-150 cm high. Weeds are cold resistant, -6 ~ 7 ° C will not freeze to death, afraid of high temperature, 35 ° C growth stagnation, 20 ° C is optimal for growth.


Stem erect, single, cylindrical, clueless, leaves degenerate, stem filled with white medulla, tough and resilient.


In addition to weaving mat, it also can be used to weave of straw caps, fans, grass baskets, carpets, sandals, grass boxes, etc.Harvesting usually takes place from mid-June to mid-July.


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11. Bullrush


Its white and tender parts of the prostrate stem and the young parts of the tip of the underground prostrate stem (grass bud) are edible; the old mature runners and shortened stems can be cooked or fed; its male pollen is commonly known as "Puhuang" and has medicinal and tonic function. It’s an important raw material for paper-making and artificial cotton, also can be used to weave bushes, cushions, etc.




12. Paper cloth


Paper cloth is made of paper, pp, gold and silver thread, and other materials. 


It has many materials and patterns, like single-knot straw cloth, retro and environmentally friendly paper cloth, gold light cloth, gold silk cloth, silver wire cloth, gold wire cloth, washing cloth, striped and coated paper cloth, etc. 


Paper cloth can be made waterproof, moisture-proof, mildew-proof treatment. Also, it can be mass produced, which lead to the relatively price of its headwear. Paper cloth can be cut, made into once molded hat top, once molded hat etc.


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13.Paper Rope


Rope is made by machine or human, paper rope straw hat can be hand braided or hand knitted.


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14.Monofilament Paper Rope


The thinner the rope, the higher the price. Machine-woven monofilament + shaped yarn can be used to make hat or bucket hat etc.


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15. Divided Grass


Third of Grass, too thin, a bit expensive

Fifth of Grass, 3mm

Eighth of Grass, price differs according to embryo and pattern


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Third of Grass Hand-braided Hat                                    Fifth of Grass Hand-braided Hat                       Eighth of Grass Hand-Bucket Hat






Scientific name: Agave sisalana Per r. Ex Engelm.


It is also known as  pineapple fibre, is a perennial tropical hard-leaf fibre crop of the family Agaraceae, native to Mexico and now mainly cultivated in Africa, Latin America, Asia and other places, the largest and most widely used hard fibre in the world today.


Sisal fibers are tough in texture, wear-resistant, salt-alkali-resistant, corrosion-resistant, widely used in transportation, fishery, petroleum, metallurgy and other industries, and have important economic value. 




Native to the Philippines, widely grown on Borneo and Sumatra . The outermost, oldest petiole produces the strongest fibers and the darkest colors . Up to 0.9-2.7 metres long,  solid, buoyant, used for roping, paper, carpeting, etc., of the family Musaceae (Musaceae).




Made by twisting of linen, not as smooth as chemical fiber or cotton, with vivid concave texture. Artist often makes use of its material beauty. In addition to synthetic fiber, linen is the strongest of the all the textiles. Also, this fabric has high fiber strength, difficult to be torn or punctured, can be scraped and pressed by a palette knife freely.




19. Yarn


polyester, cotton,lurex etc.


20. Ribbon


plain weave, lace, fabric etc.


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21.Synthetic Fiber - Yaffet


Yaffet, also known as Japanese grass, raffia, fiber grass. It is made of cotton fiber or wood fiber as raw material, using high-tech and foreign advanced equipment for spinning, a global exclusive patent product, mainly used in European and American markets, a high-end green material for footwear and gift packaging.


Anti-static, washable, high colour fastness, strong breathability, good flexibility.


Product specification:600D/1F/SD/RW、1100D/1F/SD/RW、1100D/1F/BR/RW


Application: Artworks like braided caps, bags, artificial flowers, handicrafts flowers. 


Decorations like high-end interior decorative wallpaper, wall hangs, cushions, cup cushions and various flowers and plants. 

Footwear like high-end casual upperparts, embroider, all kinds of straw-woven casual shoes.


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22. PP  


PP plastic is actually polypropylene, and polypropylene is a polymer formed by addition polymerization of propylene, an organic substance and is a white waxy material with a transparent and light appearance.


Low density, non-toxic and colorless, no odor, corrosion resistance and good heat resistance.


Good PP are generally transparent or translucent, shiny appearance, beautiful design, and no burrs.



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