Fixing a Straw Hat?

A old and worn straw hat.Hi ya'll! I'm the new kid on the block! And also, new to working with straw material. Lol so I would appreciate any and all help I can get! I would normally have just thrown the darn thing out, except THIS hat is so very meaningful to me. Happens to belong to my brother, who wore it for every BBQ and every Game. He just passed on Christmas to sudden illnesses. He was only 32 years old. I wanted to save this hat for my nephew to have when he gets older. Could anyone give me any advice to save this cherished item of mine? I'd greatly appreciate it!


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February 2, 20230 found this helpful

I'm really sorry for your loss, but after a closer look at your brother's hat, I do not believe it can be repaired.
Real straw hats are similar to caning a chair, it is woven from a beginning point and goes around the hat. There appears to be too many broken (missing) pieces in numerous places that may be impossible to repair.
I would suggest you do a search for local furniture repair shops and maybe ask if they do chair caning or perhaps know someone who does. An experienced caning person can tell you if it can be repaired.

I apologize for being negative about this, but if I were in this situation, I would not do anything to this hat. It seems to me that just seeing this hat, just the way it is, would instantly bring back wonderful memories of your brother.


I think it would be nice to have it enclosed in a glass box frame where it could be displayed or even hung on a wall.

Does anyone even remember your brother wearing the hat when it was new? Hasn't it been similar to this in all his later years?
Doesn't it make you instantly think of your brother enjoying life while wearing this hat?
Sorry, if I am saying too much, but this hat, just as it is, looks like it is full of memories.

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