Conical Hat Workshop (Non La)

The Icon of Vietnam

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$19.00 per guest
Hosted by Tran Thi Thuy

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!

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 (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
4.6 Out of 5
12 Reviews
Alex Rogers
4
25 May, 2018

The host was welcoming and very sweet. We enjoyed making hats with her though it did not take as long as we thought and ...

Camille Camila Honduras
5
18 Sep, 2017

We really enjoyed this hands-on experience. The class was well planned and the teacher had example/models of the hats in...

$US 19.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 4 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

The iconic Non la, or better known as the Vietnamese conical hat, is a traditional symbol of Vietnamese people without age, sex or racial distinctions. To buy and wear one is a worthy attempt to integrate yourself into Vietnamese society, but to make one yourself and proudly don it, that will earn you respect! Not only will you be able to learn how to weave your own conical hat, but you will also understand the intricacies behind each non-la, where each region has slight differences in terms of materials, techniques and look. For example, the "Non bai tho' (poem hat) ? a famous Non of Hue, has a picture of bamboo or even lyric lines of verse under the leaf-layer sunk designs, which is only seen under the sunlight! It might look easy, but we can tell you its a challenge, but a worthy challenge at that! Learn to use the many tools used for making a Non la, including needles, thread, bamboo rings, moulds and palm leaves.

Additional Information:

  • 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

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Your Local Host

Tran Thi Thuy

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 ...

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12 reviews from people who took this experience

Alex Rogers
4
25 May, 2018

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.

Camille Camila Honduras
5
18 Sep, 2017

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.

Mathew Hanson Australia
5
14 Aug, 2017

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

Leonie Dukes Australia
2
20 Jun, 2017

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.

Katie Joan Vietnam
5
26 Feb, 2017

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.

US$ 19.00 per guest
12 Reviews