Toyo straw

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toyo straw material

Toyo straw is a type of shiny smooth straw made chiefly in Japan with shellacked rice paper. This material is commonly used for straw hats and fedoras.[1]

Hats woven from this material are smooth and lightweight, and are often an off-white or golden copper color.[2] The rice paper is coated with shellac, cellophane,[3] or a plastic glaze. Machine-made Toyo straw hats are generally sold in the medium to low price range.[2]


  1. ^ "toyo". Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ a b Ultrafino (2017-11-30). "Types of Straws Used in Hat Making | Ultrafino". Ultrafino. Retrieved 2017-12-07.
  3. ^ Picken, Mary Brooks (2013). A Dictionary of Costume and Fashion: Historic and Modern. Courier Corporation. p. 337. ISBN 0486141608. Retrieved 2018-12-27.