Chinese Knockoff Sombrero Drags Colombian Tribe Into Trade Fight : News Photo

Chinese Knockoff Sombrero Drags Colombian Tribe Into Trade Fight

An indigenous leader, left, speaks during a meeting with government officials and local manufacturers of woven hats, known as sombreros vueltiaos, in Monteria, Colombia, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Chinese-made imitations of the hats sell for half the $20 price of the least expensive originals. In response to plunging sales by artisans who spend up to 15 days cutting, sun-drying and braiding cane leaves to make a single hat, the government is rushing to protect one of the nation’s symbols and ban plastic, machine-made rip-offs. Photographer: Joshua Goodman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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An indigenous leader, left, speaks during a meeting with government officials and local manufacturers of woven hats, known as sombreros vueltiaos, in Monteria, Colombia, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Chinese-made imitations of the hats sell for half the $20 price of the least expensive originals. In response to plunging sales by artisans who spend up to 15 days cutting, sun-drying and braiding cane leaves to make a single hat, the government is rushing to protect one of the nation’s symbols and ban plastic, machine-made rip-offs. Photographer: Joshua Goodman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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An indigenous leader left speaks during a meeting with government... News Photo 160229917China,Chinese,Colombia,Community,Cultures,Feature,Finance,Freight Transportation,Government,Hat,Horizontal,Indigenous Culture,Latin America,Leadership,Manufacturing,Meeting,Native,North America,Official,Sombrero,South America,Talking,The Americas,USA,WovenPhotographer Collection: Bloomberg 2013 BloombergAn indigenous leader, left, speaks during a meeting with government officials and local manufacturers of woven hats, known as sombreros vueltiaos, in Monteria, Colombia, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Chinese-made imitations of the hats sell for half the $20 price of the least expensive originals. In response to plunging sales by artisans who spend up to 15 days cutting, sun-drying and braiding cane leaves to make a single hat, the government is rushing to protect one of the nation’s symbols and ban plastic, machine-made rip-offs. Photographer: Joshua Goodman/Bloomberg via Getty Images