In this paper we propose a part-based skew estimation method which is more robust to larger varieties of text images, such as camera-captured scene images. Specifically, the skew angle at each local part of the input image is estimated independently by referring the local part of upright character images stored as a database. Then the global skew angle is estimated by aggregating the estimated local skews. The proposed method does not assume that characters are laid-out in straight lines and thus have more robustness to the varieties of text images than conventional methods. The experimental results show the advantage of the proposed method over the conventional methods under several conditions.