Chuong village (Part 1)

Chuong Village
If you are lucky enough to arrive at Chuong village on market day, you will happen upon a wonderful scene, the village’s market ground covered with thousands of conical palm hats, known in Vietnamese as non.
On days that end with zero and four in the lunar calendar, merchants from many provinces gather here to buy stacks of Non, which they then distribute throughout the North of Vietnam.
This small village of Ha Tay Province, 40 kilometres on the west of Hanoi, has maintained its reputation for over three centuries. Just like Van Phuc villagers with their fine silks, Cu Da villagers with their soy sauce, Chuong people have their own pride for the famous Non.
Chuong Village

If you look at a hat, it seems that it is easily to make. It is wrong! To make a proper hat it is not only required the maker’s talent but also their experience. Bamboo cataphyll must be split into very thin strings during the dry season. They then must be quickly submerged in water to preclude tearing and breaking. Main rings (the largest) must be even, smooth and shiny. The most sophisticated work is treading the palm material. The makers buy dark green palms, then clean them by sand and work them with a light touch or otherwhile they will tear. After the step of treading the palms, they sun-season them. The palm will go from dark green to white. The stronger the sun the whiter the palms will become. Before using the palms, makers expose them briefly to sulfur to make them whiter and to preserve the color. Finally, before using them, they are exposed to frost to make them soft, then they are split and ironed. From the palms and ring, using silk thread, you only to have to sew it together. It is easy to say than to do. Sewing and decorating are very sophisticated too. You have to sew small and even stitches what mean you need time and have to be very patience. For professional purposes, Chuong hat-makers do not accomplish all the stages but specialize – building upon a frame made somewhere else. The local hat-makers complete the hats with an aesthetic appeal suitable to customer’s taste.

Chuong hats are different from hats of other provinces which are revolved only two times, with the second being in a reverse direction, Chuong village’s hats are revolved three times, two times with white palm and once with bamboo cataphyll. Thank to the addition layer of bamboo cataphyll, Chuong hats are more solid and durable. Show them what revolve mean.
Since the first images of Non were etched into Ngoc Lu bronzes drums 3000 years ago, it has become an inseparable multi-purpose item for Vietnamese women. It is used as a shield to protect them from sun and rain, a glass to get water when they are thirsty, a fan when they are hot, and a basket when they have nothing else with them to carry things.
Due to its popularity, each region in Vietnam has, for itself, a well-known non-making village. The non of the Tay ethnic group has a distinctive red colour, while Non in Thanh Hoa differs from others with its 20-hem frame. Hue’s Non is thin and elegant, in contrast with the thickness of those from Binh Dinh. travel to vietnam