Straw hats in Romania have a rich tradition, often reflecting the rural and agricultural essence of the country. They were not just fashion statements but practical wear for farmers working under the sun. These hats were handwoven, usually during winter months, a craft passed down through generations. However, nowadays, even at the farmers' market in Huedin, you're more likely to find mass-produced straw hats from China than authentic Romanian handcrafted ones. It's a bit ironic that in a place brimming with tradition, a quintessential piece of that culture has been replaced by cheap imports.