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Hunt for the truly Vietnamese iconic hat - Nón lá

Updated at Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017, 16:27
The Hanoitimes - Vietnamese style conical hat (Nón lá) has come into casual life not just a part of Vietnam national custom but a decent culture trait.
Lying modestly near Day River, Chuong Village (Thanh Oai Commune, Hanoi) is famous for craft of making Nón lá for more than 3 centuries.Coming to Chuong Village, visitors can’t miss the market. They can stroll around booths selling Nón lá, take photo and enjoy the featuring atmosphere of a countryside fair. 6 fairs per month, 72 fairs per year, it’s obvious that Nón lá of Chuong village are much in demand.
 

In the 4th, 10th, 14th, 20th, 24th and 30th of every month, from early morning, a market fair takes place in Chuong temple yard. Numerous locals flush to the yard and show their unique handiwork: Nón lá in untold kinds, forms and colors. The fair last for just more than 3 hours.
In the 4th, 10th, 14th, 20th, 24th and 30th of every month, from early morning, a market fair takes place in Chuong temple yard. Numerous locals flush to the yard and show their unique handiwork: Nón lá in untold kinds, forms and colors. The fair last for just more than 3 hours.
To make a complete Non with standard lightness and duration, the craftsman must go through numerous meticulous steps.
To make a complete Non with standard lightness and duration, the craftsman must go through numerous meticulous steps.
The main material is  Lá lụi, special kind of leaf from Quang Binh – a southern province in Vietnam. The leaves are squeezed and sun-dried until they turn into pale white.
The main material is Lá lụi, special kind of leaf from Quang Binh – a southern province in Vietnam. The leaves are squeezed and sun-dried until they turn into pale white.
Being wadded under the rag, the leaves then are flatten by ploughshare, but the craftsman must take caution not to make them teased or crispy too much.
Being wadded under the rag, the leaves then are flatten by ploughshare, but the craftsman must take caution not to make them teased or crispy too much.
The round frame of the Nón lá is made from pointed bamboo core. It’s essential for a standard Non to have round, smooth line from top to brim.
The Nón lá from Chuong Village not just protection from the sun and rain but a charming accessory for Vietnamese women.
Especially, Nón lá from Chuong village has 16 layers of round frames, keep the final product durable but still delicate.
The round frame of the Nón lá is made from pointed bamboo core. It’s essential for a standard Non to have round, smooth line from top to brim. Especially, Nón lá from Chuong village has 16 layers of round frames, keep the final product durable but still delicate.
Then, the craftsman put each leaf into the round frame with another layer of leaf, then sew from inside to outside.
Then, the craftsman put each leaf into the round frame with another layer of leaf, then sew from inside to outside.
Vietnamese style conical hat (Nón lá) has come into casual life not just a part of Vietnam national custom but a decent culture trait.
Vietnamese style conical hat (Nón lá) has come into casual life not just a part of Vietnam national custom but a decent culture trait.
Beside Nón lá in traditional style and material, you can also discover and take glimpse of various editions of Nón lá: Quai thao, pineapple apex Non, Lam Sung Non, Thailand Non, Korea Non…
Beside Nón lá in traditional style and material, you can also discover and take glimpse of various editions of Nón lá: Quai thao, pineapple apex Non, Lam Sung Non, Thailand Non, Korea Non…
 
 
Cam Anh
Kinhtedothi.vn
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