The Vietnamese hat, or locally, Non La, is a quintessential Vietnamese icon. Recognizable at one glance, the conical shaped hat has been in use for centuries, from farmers to laborers to ordinary men and women who use it for the utilitarian purpose it serves - protection from either rain or shine. It is also fashionable! Made from simple materials such as palm leaves, bark of the Moc tree and bamboo it is surprising that it is durable and sturdy, which makes Non La a great souvenir to take home.
Join us at Backstreet Academy and immerse in a workshop where you will learn how to make your very own Non La. Our host, one of thousands of women that make a living selling Non La to travelers, will guide you as you create your own Vietnamese Hat.
Note: A Non La typically has 16 circular frames that support the hat, however, weaving the palm leaves around all 16 frames takes up to 6 hours (to make two Non Las), as such upon request of previous guests, we have cut short the duration of the workshop by structuring the workshop to only have 14 circular frames which results in a slightly smaller Non La. A smaller Non La also means easier to transport :) If you'd still like the 16 frame Non La, select this option from the add-on section