Chinese Knockoff Sombrero Drags Colombian Tribe Into Trade Fight


Eloina Bravo, left, and Ana Noemi Mogollon make sombreros vueltiaos,... News PhotoColombia,Cultures,Finance,Freight Transportation,Hat,Indigenous Culture,Latin America,Machinery,North America,Sombrero,South America,The Americas,USA,Vertical,VillagePhotographer Collection: Bloomberg 2013 BloombergEloina Bravo, left, and Ana Noemi Mogollon make sombreros vueltiaos, as the iconic woven hats are known, in the village of Tuchin, 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