The Canarian palm tree (Phoenix canariensis) is an endemic plant that was frequently used by the ancient inhabitants of the islands. According to the chronicles, the first inhabitants of the Canary Islands used this vegetable fibre to create a wide range of objects: ropes, nets, sails and hats, amongst other items.
The hat is a garment that is used to protect the top of the head from the sun, manufactured from very thin layers of interwoven palm leaves. The styles and models of hat were extremely varied and an adornment in the form of a ribbon was attached to one side.
Since the end of the 20th century, the custom of wearing a hat is only prevalent amongst certain sections of the elderly population, particularly on the eastern islands.