Chinese Knockoff Sombrero Drags Colombian Tribe Into Trade Fight

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Men wearing woven hats, known as sombreros vueltiaos, listen during a... News PhotoAdult,Colombia,Cultures,Finance,Freight Transportation,Government,Hat,Indigenous Culture,Latin America,Listening,Machinery,Meeting,Men,North America,Sombrero,South America,The Americas,USA,VerticalPhotographer Collection: Bloomberg 2013 BloombergMen wearing woven hats, known as sombreros vueltiaos, listen during a meeting between government officials and the artisans who make the sombreros, 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