Until the early 20th century, most Hanoians wore traditional conical hats. Men’s hats were made from pineapple leaves or feathers and had a silver or copper nob at the top. Women’s hats were more diverse, noblewomen wore wide flat palmleaf hats with fringes, called Nghe conical hats, and the common people wore hats that looked like flat baskets about 40 centimetres in diameter.
By the 1920s, men no longer wore this type of hat ( except for the elderly), they wore turbans or used an umbrella instead. Noblewomen preferred umbrellas made from luxurious fabrics and only the poor workers engaged in heavy labor were seen wearing conical hats.
Conical hats are no longer sold on this street and Hang Non is now where people go to buy solid, practical, attrative glass and aluminium cupboards. These have replaced wooden cupboards in most households because they are not prone to rotting and hold up better in Hanoi’s tropical climate. The section of the street adjacent to old Hang Quat is called Ma Vi ( Horse Tail) Street because the people here used the hair from horses’ tails to make particular costumes, hats, and instruments for artists. Now this part of the street sells many kinds of embroidered flags.
- Hang Thiec Street ( Tin Street)
- Hang Bo Street ( Bamboo Basket Street)
- Bat Dan Street ( Porcelain Bowl Street)
- Hang Bong Street ( Cotton Street)
- Hang Dieu Street ( Tobacco Pipe Street)
- Hang Cot Street (Bamboo Lattice Street)
- Hang Vai Street (Fabric Street )
- Hang Dong Street (Copper Street)
- Hang Ruoi Street ( Sand Worm Street)
- Hang Da Street ( Leather Street)