Location: Phu Cam Village is also known as
Phuoc Vinh Ward, lying right in Hue inner city, south of An Cuu river bank.
Characteristics: Hue conical hat or Phu Cam conical hat has not only a
beautiful form but also modest color. It is light and so thin that light seems
to pierce through it. Through natural light, one can see Hue landscapes with
verses engraved on paper placed between two layers of leaves.
The conical hat form depends primarily on its frame, ensuring the technique of
shaping the top, and of keeping equal distance between brims and roundness of
brims. After the frame, comes the selection of hat leaves which should have a
greenish white color. Leaves should be neither too young nor too old, only 8-9
are enough for making one hat. Following the choice of leaves is the process of
drying and treatment. The Hue graceful conic hat has a frame of 16 big and small
brims. Brims are curved into circumferences with the two ends skillfully tied by
a small cotton thread. Handicraft workers carefully place and stitch greenish
white leaves on the frame with a special thread made of transparent resistant
silk. "Non Bai Tho" - Conical hat with inscribed verses - is an integral part of
Hue culture. The production of hats in Hue is not only a handicraft but also an
art which provides the society with artistic products.