A hat is a utensil used to protect from the rain and sunshine. For a long time, a palm-leaf conical hat (Vietnamese: nón lá) has closely connected to Vietnamese people. Although it is not of national symbols, seeing a palm-leaf conical hat, people think of Vietnam immediately. In Vietnam, almost any localities also have palm-leaf conical hat making craft, but each region has pa articular producing way. People can say that Hue is the center producing palm-leaf conical hat of Vietnam.
Hue Palm-leaf conical hat making craft has taken form and developed for hundreds of years with very many famous hat villages such as Da Le, Phu Cam, Doc Son, Trieu Tay, Kim Long. Every year the craft villages in Hue produce millions of palm-leaf conical hats. They not only meet consuming need of people but also are special souvenirs for tourists everywhere when arrive in Hue. Hue palm-leaf conical hat, especially the poem hat (Vietnamese: nón bài thơ), is not only a simple hat but also an artistic work. To get an agreeable hat, Hue hat making crafters have to spend detailed and skillful stages, from choosing frame, bending circle, covering leaf, cut pattern, run with big thread to polish in order to preserve. Making the poem hats, the crafters have to be extremely careful and skillful in covering, putting patterns and symbols so that when putting them in front of the sunshine, the patterns and symbols show clearly.
Nowadays, tourism develops strongly in Hue, so Hue palm-leaf conical hat becomes a souvenir of the character of Hue. Very tourists come to the hat village to see the hat making stages with their own eyes. So many tourists are actually surprised and interested when the crafters save their photos and names on the poem hats to make memorize. Hue palm-leaf conical craft village is the most famous palm-leaf conical craft village in Vietnam. If you have a chance to travel to Hue City, Thua Thien – Hue Province, do not visit this special craft village.