Watch for the EDGES ( how tight and small they are ), the SOFTNESS ( this can vary a lot ), the INSIDE OF THE CROWN ( how many circles do you see? the more, the finer ). It is not practical to ask a buyer to judge the weave counts by measuring the amount of threads per cm2 or per square inch. This is a complicated method, you need a magnifying glass and plenty of patience. More practically, you can just look at the edges and you have your answer. Prices on the custom-made hats vary on the choice of design woven on to the hat, brim width, crown height and decoration ( textile, python, silk ). Every hat is unique and fineness of weave will vary even among "same category".
HAT PRICES HATS WITHOUT WOVEN DESIGNS:
LEFT TO RIGHT: (Indicative examples. Brim length can increase the price, after 6 cms.)
Royal: USD 5 000, Super Super Fino: USD 3 000, Super Fino: USD 1500, Fino: USD 450, Cuenca weave: USD 200
BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:
*Royal weave: max 2/year. Special designs to be quoted according to the design itself. A Royal weave takes 8 months to complete.