Since ancient times, under the influence of the tropical monsoon climate with lots of sunshine and rain, the ancient Vietnamese people learned how to invent the conical hat. It is used to combine leaves to make items to wear on the head to cover the sun and rain. Gradually, conical hats appeared as a necessary item in daily life. The predecessor image of the conical hat was carved on the Ngoc Lu bronze drum and the Dao Thinh bronze jar around 2500 – 3000 BC.
Traditional hat making villages are in all three regions of the country such as: Chuong village (Thanh Oai, Hanoi); Dao Khe village (Nghia Hung, Nam Dinh); Phu Gia (Phu Cat, Binh Dinh); Thoi Tan (Thoi Lai, Can Tho)… and famous hat making villages, most concentrated in Thua Thien Hue such as: Da Le, Phu Cam, Doc So, Trieu Tay, Kim Long, Sia…
With the advantage of being born and raised in the land of Thua Thien Hue with a specialty of Vietnamese conical hats, young artist Nguyen Thanh Thao created and breathed life into traditional white conical hats, giving them a perfect appearance, completely different with unique patterns, textures and colors from lotus leaves.
Nguyen Thanh Thao’s lotus leaf conical product won the A prize of the Innovation Startup Competition of Thua Thien Hue province in 2018 and was loved by many visitors and was selected as a typical display product in Hue Festival 2019 .
Painter Nguyen Thanh Thao
- Born in 1988, majoring in Visual Graphics, Hue University of Fine Arts
- Founded the brand Nha Sen – Sen Thao in 2017
- In addition to creating conical hats with products from lotus, Nguyen Thanh Thao also researches and creates many products applied with lotus: 3D paintings from dried lotus leaves, fashion bags from lotus leaves, … and many other products. Other handicraft products include caskets, vases, lanterns…