Did you know that almost all conical hats in Vietnam are handmade? Non la, as they are called in Vietnamese, are typically crafted out of bamboo or grass reeds. An artisan threads the reeds through circular frames, expertly weaving them together into a solid wall that will protect the wearer from both sun and rain. A single hat can be made over the course of an afternoon. This photographic portfolio celebrates the artisans who pass the skills down from generation to generation, as well as the wearers who help maintain this important tradition.

These iconic hats can be seen in every corner of Vietnam, though they are slowly falling out of favor with younger generations. Each conical hat is truly a living symbol of Vietnamese heritage!

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