Chinese Knockoff Sombrero Drags Colombian Tribe Into Trade Fight

Chinese Knockoff Sombrero Drags Colombian Tribe Into Trade Fight

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The thread-less stitching on a handmade sombrero vueltiao is so fine that the wide-brimmed hat can be folded small enough to carry in one’s pocket. “They may beat us on price, but the Chinese will never know our secrets,” says Faride Velasquez Morales whose family runs a handicraft wholesaler.