(Non La) Conical Hat Making

Crafting a Cultural Icon of Vietnam

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$29.00 per guest
Hosted by Luyen Nguyen Thi

Highlights

  • Embrace the spirit of handcrafting on you vacation and create your own Non La with an expert instructor who makes a livelihood from making and selling them
  • Discover how simple materials like palm leaves, bamboo and tree bark come together harmoniously into an elegant and iconic accessory worn by so many in Vietnam
  • A popular souvenir for many as a wall decor, the Non La can now be personalized and handmade by you!
  • Interact with your enthusiastic and engaging local instructor host and learn about her life in the village where most women are involved with the Non La trade
  • Enjoy a relaxing and fun afternoon on this workshop and introduce a change of pace on your trip

Inclusive of:

  • All equipment, tools and materials for the workshop
  • Non La to take home with you
  • English speaking facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service within Hanoi (can be included at additional cost)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
4.8 Out of 5
15 Reviews
Charlotte Hurrell United Kingdom
5
21 Mar, 2019

Brilliant activity. We loved our morning (escaping from the rain) making our Non La. They feel so special knowing we mad...

Doris Hoogeveen
5
6 Apr, 2018

Making the hat was a lot of fun! The workshop was held in a cute little café. We ordered a tea/coffee, which was includ...

$US 29.00 per guest
4 hours
2 - 12 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

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

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service is included in this tour. You will be asked to enter your pick up address during checkout
  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time
  • You also have the option to be picked up. Simply select this option from the add-on section
  • Bringing a bottle of water is recommended
  • This is a kid friendly activity

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Your Local Host

Luyen Nguyen Thi

Nguyen Thi Lien comes from a village 20 km from Hanoi. She has been making Non La for more than 20 years, since she was a little 7-year-old child. In the past, it was the main craft in her village. Nowadays, fewer ...

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15 reviews from people who took this experience

Charlotte Hurrell United Kingdom
5
21 Mar, 2019

Brilliant activity. We loved our morning (escaping from the rain) making our Non La. They feel so special knowing we made them ourselves and learnt about their tradition along the way. The master maker was very friendly and helped us as much as we needed but give us time to pick it up ourselves also... Read more

Doris Hoogeveen
5
6 Apr, 2018

Making the hat was a lot of fun! The workshop was held in a cute little café. We ordered a tea/coffee, which was included in the price of the workshop, and then started making the hat. Luyen was very friendly and showed us clearly how to do it. There was also a facilitator, who spoke very good Engl... Read more

Anna Ten Haken Netherlands
5
10 Sep, 2017

Really good Vietnam experience. We really enjoyed it to make with pure materials a traditional hat. Both of the lady's where very helpful and she told us a lot about the history and culture. It was a fun afternoon with a beautiful result!!

US$ 29.00 per guest
15 Reviews