The Vietnamese conical hat

 

If you travel to Vietnam you really will see people wearing conical hats or “Non La”. In fact they have now become a sort of informal Vietnamese national symbol that is recognized worldwide.

Made out of straw, it is kept on the head by a silk cloth chinstrap that keeps it from slipping off of the wearer’s head. This simple design is thought to date back around 3,000 years.

It is particularly suitable for farmers who have to cope with both fierce sunshine and heavy rain but other practical uses include being used as a bowl to contain water, carrying assorted vegetables, it can even be used as a makeshift fan.

It’s also highly prized by tourists looking for a souvenir!

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