Non La - the Vietnamese hat
Without a doubt one of the hallmarks more characteristic of the Vietnamese people is the Nón Lá, also known as conical hat or Vietnamese hat.
The non la or Vietnamese conical hat is mainly used for:
- Protect yourself from the Sun. We must not forget that in Asia in general, and in Vietnam in particular, the ideal of beauty is white skin.
- Protection against rain. Vietnam is a tropical country, in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) only have 2 seasons: the dry season and rainy season. But in the North, in Hanoi (the capital of Vietnam) have 4 seasons.
- Collect rainwater.
- Basket or bag for different fruits.
The making of a conical hat is a one-hundred-percent handicraft. The leaves used to cover the hat are brought from the forest. Then they are exposed to the dew for one night to soften them. When the leaves become dry but still soft they are flattened either by hand or by ironing. Only young leaves are selected. Old or dark ones are discarded. A hat usually consists of 16 to 18 rims made from a special kind of bamboo. In order to have a well-made hat, it must be knitted together with a peculiar kind of thread called "doac" made from the leaves of a special kind of reed. Finally, the hat is trimmed and painted with a coat of attar oil to keep it clean and smooth.
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