Making conical hats in Ngoc My commune in Quoc Oai district, Hanoi, is not only a way of protecting the local traditional craft but also a good source of income for residents.
Hat makers in Ngoc My often buy materials at the Chuong market in the neighbouring Thanh Oai district
Young palm leaves from Phu Tho and Thai Nguyen provinces are hung for dry for a couple of days before being used to make hats.
Bamboo slats are used to form the hat's frame.
Whittling bamboo slats
Making the hat frame
Arranging palm leaves around the frame
Stitching palm leaves together
A family of hat makers in Ngoc My
An average hat maker can produce two or three hats a day.
Ngoc My conical hats are sold at the Chuong market