Hi everyone in English and cultures group. I am My Nguyen from Vietnam. I would like to contribute one interesting aspect of our own culture.
"Non", or "conical hat" as it is called in English, is a traditional hat which has been worn by Vietnamese women of all ages long long ago. It is a simple conical-shaped hat but symbolizes Vietnamese femininity.
Conical hat is made from dry rush. People build a frame from bamboo which is also a traditional tree in Vietnam. Then, they use dry rush leaves to cover the frame, and then paint one kind of sticky oil over the rush leaves. With sticky oil, conical hat can be durable even in rainny and sunny weather.
People who make conical hats do not earn much money because conical hats are sold at cheap price. Also, not many youngsters use conical hats because there are many colorful fashionable types of hat. However, conical hat is always a good choice of Vietnamese women in important events such as fashion show, Miss competition, beauty contests, etc or just in some daily work such as agricultural work, farming, gardening.
The image of old women wearing conical hats in local market always moved me whenever I come back home. I think conical hats will be forever a symbol of Vietnamese beauty which every Vietnamese can be proud of.