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On the banks the Day River, Chuong village in Phuong Trung commune, Thanh Oai district in Hanoi has been famous for more than 300 years thanks for its production and trade of conical hats.

Kim Linh on April 05,2018 10:57 AM

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Not as crowded as many other trade villages, it’s easy to recognise the traditional spaces in the village, for example the yards, where the white conical hats or the materials used to make them are dried under the sun, and the market on trading days.

The market is open on the 4th, 10th, 14th, 20th, 24th and 30th days of each lunar month with just one product traded - conical hats, making it a unique characteristic of the village that has been maintained as part of its heritage.

The fame of its conical hats comes from their distinctiveness. They are strong, stable, durable, elegant and beautiful - all the result of a long process with around ten steps to make one hat: preparing ‘coi’ leaves, drying them to have a durable material, making hat frames by sharpening bamboo into slender cords and bending them into a basic circle, adding layer after layer of ‘coi’ leaves on the circle and then finally fastening a colourful piece of silk as a chin strap.

The elderly in the village are dedicated to passing on the trade to the younger generation. At the market are children of various ages learning to make a hat or helping their parents sell them while still studying. The local villagers are proud of their tradition and very welcoming to visitors.

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