NOT A BASEBALL CAP

A woman wearing a conical hat sorts oranges at a market in Hanoi, Vietnam, yesterday. Along with the traditional ``ao dai'' dress, the conical hat is a national icon here, used for centuries to protect famers from the harsh sub-tropical sun. It is still worn by agricultural laborers today, but is becoming a rarer sight in the booming urban spaces of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, where young Vietnamese opt for US-style baseball caps, golf visors or sun hats.Nov 12, 2006

PHOTO: EPA

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