Vietnamese iconic conical hats, virtually that means 'leaf hats,' have for long been a symbol of the country as many women use them to shelter from the sun.
While the initial materials are palm leaves or leaves with similar texture which will create a strong-looking appearance and sturdiness, Vo Ngoc Hung modernizes his merchandise by using clear almond leaves.
Around a year ago, Hung saw a documentary about the iconic conical hat, that made him think about alternative materials he will use to modernize the standard hat to catch customers' attention. Whenever his experiment failed, his wife Le Thi Ky Ngo would encourage him to give it another go, whereas additionally searching for different sources of financial gain.
One of Hung's friends then suggested he try almond tree leaves however those that grow within the forest, around thirty kilometers from Hue city. After reaching the forest, the man had to walk another hour before he can gather the leaves required to create non la. now he succeeded because the previous experiments had taught him the foremost basic needs for the leaves to create a conical hat, leading to him collecting the suitable plants.
After being chemically treated, the green layer fades, permitting Hung to gently scratch it off completely leaving the leaves colorless with the leaf veins and leafstalk showing before putting them in a pressing machine. Then, the almond leaves are placed one by one on the conical hat’s frame, with every hat being made of fifteen to sixteen leaves. For the final procedure, stitching the leaves to the frame, Hung hires others with higher expertise in the region to assist him.
I am attempting to put pictures of Hue’s heritage on the hats.
He mentioned as he was packing the hats in boxes to send to different cities and provinces in Vietnam.