It's conical, really ~ Hanoi, Vietnam
Nov 20 2001

The limpet shaped hats one sees everywhere in this country seemed to me at first unwieldy and a little ridiculous, though very soon I came to admire their superb design. Perched atop the head to allow maximum ventilation in this hot climate, they afford great protection from the sun (important to the Vietnamese women who consider fair skin beautiful) but also make wonderful umbrellas in the rain. Eventually I even came to love the shape, particularly as they so often had beautiful features beneath them. Vietnamese women are some of the most beautiful in the world.

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