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Nón lá sen – the special souvenir by a day trip from Hue

Besides the classic program, learning a recreated handicraft is also a fascinating experience for tourists when traveling to Hue. You may be familiar with Vietnam conical hat on the street or market. However, have you ever heard about a lotus conical hat or Nón lá sen? This craft product is a great idea of a Hue people that put lotus leaves to use. It can be a special souvenir that brings Vietnam’s identity to your country. Let’s join a day trip from Hue and visit the workshop of this lotus conical hat.

Mr. Thao put the beauty of lotus to use in an incredible way
Bring lotus beauty to Vietnamese traditional conical hat

Artisan Nguyễn Thanh Thảo comes from a traditional conical hat craft village in Hue. He graduated from the University of Art and desires to show off Hue identity through a special artwork. In front of his university, Tinh Tam Lake is colorful and romantic with lotus blossoms. Remember his childhood, he and his friends picked up lotus leaves to wear on a sunny day. Then, he came up with an idea made of the lotus leaf conical hat. Lotus leaf is a thick material, waterproof, and can endure the hard weather of Hue city. Especially, the beautiful stripe pattern emerging on the leaves makes the hat special and beautiful. This is really a great idea for Hue souvenirs and maintains conical hat-making craft. Let’s take a day trip from Hue and join Mr. Thảo workshop to discover how they make this incredible artwork.

Join a day trip from Hue and learn how to make a lotus conical hat

It is easy to find Mr. Thảo workshop, it locates at the heart of Hue City within ten minutes walking from Imperial City. Mr. Thảo says that this lotus conical hat gains the standard of a traditional Vietnamese conical hat. In addition, it has aesthetic and high quality. Besides wearing green lotus leave hats, Hue people also decorate their interior. Therefore, the artisans need to be very careful about each process. Preparing the bamboo frame is the same step with a traditional conical hat. Other steps with lotus leave need the details and carefulness. After choosing the best leaves, they do some treats, dry to maintain the quality, and then color before weaving in the frame. Most importantly, be careful to cut the leave within the stripe on it.  If you want to try to do some steps, let’s join a day trip from Hue with our guide and have this experience.

Artisans color lotus leaves

This lotus leaf conical hat handicraft is a new product of Hue. It shows Hue people’s sense of creativity and passion. Spending a day trip from Hue at Slow Travel with your local guide to visit and learn how to make handicrafts. I think this deserves to be your highlight and would be an unforgettable souvenir of your trip to Vietnam.

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