From rice paddies to urban centers, wherever you roam in Vietnam, you’ll see ladies of all ages donning the traditional nón lá. In Vietnamese, nón lá means ‘leaf hat.’
The conical hat is sported to protect the wearer from rain or sun – whether she be tending to a rice paddy, or selling fresh fruit on a bustling street. As an alternative, some Vietnamese ladies carry a parasol to protect their skin from the sun.
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