Travel “Non La” or “leaf hat” working villages in Vietnam
Non La is an item used for protecting you anti the sun and the rain – a specific type of the weather in Vietnam. From ancient times, “non la” is close to the Vietnamese image. Although, it is not one of the national symbols in Vietnam, if anyone see the “non la”, they will just think of Vietnam – a small and beautiful countryside.
Almost, there are the leaf hat working villages all over the world. The “non la” are produced to hide the sun and the rain, but each region has specific characteristics in the process. And, Hue city is the the most popular leaf hat working village in Vietnam.
Where is the “non la” villages in Vietnam?
The leaf hat working villages form and develop in Hue city from a hundred years. There are many famous villages for instance: “Da Le, Phu Cam, Doc So, Trieu Tay, Kim Longm Sia….” Nowadays, there are a lot of popular villages such as Tay Ho in Phu Ho village, My Lam in Phu My village; Phu Vang town; Trieu Tay; Doc So; Huong So town, Hue city… has marketed a million of leaf hats. The hats not only provide for the Vietnamese, but also provide the world-wide tourists going to Hue with keepsakes.
How to make “non la”?
Making the body of hats is the first step which decides its shape and size. After that, its frames are made of light wood. Specially, each hat has from 15 to 16 hoops which people still compare to 16 “moon hoops”. The Hue bamboo leaves are simple leaves, but they are collected and handled through many steps. They are sewing, drying, dew-reting ( to ret (flax or hemp) by exposure to rain, dew, and sun), keep hats in good condition… Next, it is putting the patterns on the hats in order that that patterns are balanced on the hat when it is illuminated under the sun. The symbols which hide and appear in “non la bai tho” or “poem leaf hat” are often the images of Truong Tien bridge, Ngu Binh mountain, Ngo Mon gate, Thanh Toan bridge….