The Fábrica Nacional de Sombreros is a long-time player in the world of berets and one of the oldest beret manufacturers in the Americas. The manufacturing processes remain artisanal, a combination of handwork and machines that has hardly changed from 80 years ago. Making berets, or boinas, can't be studied - it is taught by masters to apprentices from person to person, from generation to generation. The Fábrica Nacional makes a variety of berets in a beautiful light density Uruguayan merino wool and pure cotton. Berets that are durable work-gear for the gauchos, farmers and peasants, adapted to South American conditions; breathable, warm in winter - cool in summer and due to their diameter, offering great protection form the sun. 

South Pacific Berets stocks the medium diameter un-lined Nutria merino berets, the standard 295 mm (cotton) 305mm (wool) diameter Castillas, as well as the custom made Cataluña and Castilla Plato Grandes in 330, 340 and 350mm diameter. 

All are top quality berets, made for South Pacific Berets (see label) and hard to find anywhere outside Uruguay.

 Boinas Nutria sin Forro

$ 35.50 

Boinas Nutria sin Forro - Size S
Boinas Nutria sin Forro - Size M
Boinas Nutria sin Forro - Size L

Boinas Nutria are un-lined merino berets in a universal size carrying the Nutria label. The sizes S, M and L refer to the diameter: 27, 28 or 28.5 cm.

 Boinas Castilla - Merino Wool and 100% Cotton

Boinas Castilla

Boinas Castilla in 295mm diameter; pure merino wool or 100% cotton.
Universal size, four colours available.
$52.50

 Boinas Cataluña Merino

Boinas Cataluna 29.5

The luxurious version of the boina Castilla: boinas Cataluña in 295mm diameter pure Uruguayan merino wool.
Hand made, universal size, four colours available and ideal for summer wear.
$57.50

 Boinas Cataluña and Castilla Plato Grandes

Boinas Cataluña and Castilla Plato Grandes in 330, 340 and 350mm diameter; pure merino wool or 100% cotton in a universal (headband-less) size with satin lining.

Boinas Plato Grande