Vintage Chupalla Straw Hat, Donde Golpea El Monito, Santiago Chile

  • $ 65.00
  • Only One Available: In Stock
Traditional Chilean horseman's hat made of straw

Approx. Hat Size: 7 1/4 (21.5") (54.5 cm); Outside Diameter: 14" (35.5 cm); Height of Crown 4” (10 cm); Width of Brim: 3"...

Traditional Chilean horseman's hat made of straw

Approx. Hat Size: 7 1/4 (21.5") (54.5 cm); Outside Diameter: 14" (35.5 cm); Height of Crown 4” (10 cm); Width of Brim: 3" (7.5 cm)

Condition: Good

Mark/Label: Donde Golpea El Monito Santiago Chile

One of a kind vintage item - Get it before it's gone

Extraordinary opportunity to own an authentic Chupalla hat from Donde Golpea El Monito in Santiago, Chile. The chupalla is a traditional Chilean horseman's hat made of straw. The name comes from achupalla a local name given to a bromelia plant from which the hats were originally made. Now these had are made from all types of straw. This distinctive design features straight sides on the crown, flat top and wide brim. Black fabric hatband and leather chin strap. Leather sweatband.

Donde Golpea El Monito is a very famous hat shop located in Santiago Chile. Founded in 1915 José González Noriega as the Fábricas Unidas Americanas de Sobreros (United American Factory of Hats). in 1922 the shop added a mechanical man in a hat puppet as advertising. The puppet was set inside the storefront window and would hit the glass. The puppet soon became the hit of the neighborhood and was soon given the nickname Donde Golpea el Monito (Where the Monkey Hits). Sensing a good thing the owners changed the name of the shop. You can read a great blog post on this historic shop here.


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