The production of parasisols and sisols is a traditional handicraft from Zhejiang Province of south east China which is over 100 years old. My family have been importing these hat bodies for four decades and I feel privileged to have, in a small way, facilitated the craft of some of the great straw millinery masterpieces. I only buy the very best grade X and I parasisols and sisols available from an old and reliable source, so you can be assured you will get absolutely the best hat body for your creation available on the market today.
I have published a long read article about a trip I took to China in 1985 to meet the weavers, and learn about the skilled production of parasisols. I hope that you find the story interesting, it can be found here. If you have any questions about straws, their manufacture or anything else to do with millinery please do not be shy of getting in contact!