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The host was welcoming and very sweet. We enjoyed making hats with her though it did not take as long as we thought and ...
We really enjoyed this hands-on experience. The class was well planned and the teacher had example/models of the hats in...
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Tran Thi Thuy is congenital hand defect and a unique craftswoman making conical hats (?non la') with only one hand in Hue. Growing up in the conical hat village of Hue, Thuy is very familiar and enthusiastic about ...More about the host
The host was welcoming and very sweet. We enjoyed making hats with her though it did not take as long as we thought and you only actually get to help with the sewing part. It was overall fun and interesting. Our translator spoke literally no English. My group would have been happy with broken English (language barriers are understood, but we DID pay for an English tour) so it was disappointing to have a translator who could only ask our names, not say anything else or explain the hat making process. Our hosts showed us just by pointing.
We really enjoyed this hands-on experience. The class was well planned and the teacher had example/models of the hats in all their stages so that even though we were unable to complete a hat of our own, from start to finish, we were able see each stage and practice different parts. She gave us finished hats at the end of the class, much nicer of course than anything we could have made ourselves. The translator also did a great job.
I really enjoyed the class today. The translator spoke very good English, the craftsman was amazing. I thought the balance of what we did vs what she did for us was good. Setting picked up at our hotel would have been nice, but the church wasn't too hard to find. Mat
The hat making was interesting, but it would have been much better to have been able to see the whole process. The class really only consisted of sewing a partially completed hat, I would have liked to have at least seen how the leaves etc are assembled on the frame, and how the sewing process is started. It would also have been nice to have been able to have the hat I worked on completed to take home, even if the sewing was not very neat. The workshop was also only two hours, not the four it was advertised as.
I took part in a conical hat workshop in Hue and then calligraphy class in Hanoi and they were a highlight of my trip in Vietnam. It met my expectation of having a special souvenir made on my own and most of all, to meet locals and support them in a perfect way. Backstreet Academy is a really impressive platform. I will visit them in other SA countries for sure.