Frequent question: Why do Vietnamese wear conical hats?

What are the Vietnamese hats called?

The nón lá (leaf hat) of the Vietnamese people forms a perfect circular cone which tapers smoothly from the base to the apex. Colourful decorations are often found inside the hats as a way of personalisation, identifying one’s hat.

What countries wear straw hats?

In most countries in Asia, including Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, rice paddy workers topped their heads with conical-shaped hats to shield themselves from the sun and the rain, though legend in Vietnam has it that the hat, or nón lá in Vietnamese, originated from when a goddess descended from the sky …

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