Woman absorbed in her thoughts along a small secondary street in Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon, Vietnam).
The typical Vietnamese hat is a simple style of conical hat originating in East, South, and Southeast Asia.
It is kept on the head by a cloth (often silk) chin strap; an internal band of the same material keeps the hat itself from resting on the wearer's head. This style of hat is used primarily as protection from the sun and rain. When made of straw or matting, it can be dipped in water and worn as an impromptu evaporative-cooling device.
In Vietnam, the name is "nón lá" (leaf hat). Images of it were embossed on Ngoc Lu drums about 2500 to 3000 years ago.
The "nón lá" of the Vietnamese forms a perfect right circular cone which tapers smoothly from the base to the apex. "Nón lá" are notable for their romantic and timelessly crafted adornments.
Special conical hats in Vietnam contain colourful hand-stitch depictions or words while the Huế varieties are famous for their "nón bài thơ" (literally: poem conical hats). These contain random poetic verses and "Hán tự" which can be revealed when the hat is directed above one's head in the sunlight.
Now, it is becoming a part of national costume of Vietnam.
Uploaded: Dec 2, 2014