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May 3, 2007

Bamboo Baseball Cap


It was featured in Peter Mandel's April 22, 2007 Washington Post story on strange souvenirs he found in Vietnam.

Here's the item.

    Bamboo Baseball Cap

    What is it? Looks like someone turned a ceiling fan into a hat. It's your basic ball cap, but with a breeze. Air flows through the molded, strung-together strips of bamboo.

    Where can you buy it, and how much? I found mine at the "55 Cloth Shop" on Tran Phu Street in Hoi An. It retailed for 32,000 dong but I got it for 20,000 ($1.25) since I had no more cash on me.

    Why would you want it? Even in winter, Vietnam is furnace-hot. The bamboo cap is sure to keep you cool while you're here, plus it doubles as a steamer.

    Reminds you of Vietnam because: Clothing here can be just plain strange. Sweat shirts say "Sunless Beach Club" or "Eating on Feet." Baby clothes advertise beer.

    Downside: Cap may contain bugs. Also, it's made of wood, not adjustable and designed for petite heads.

May 3, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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"petite heads"?!

Strange, indeed. A friend brought me back a sweatshirt with a picture of a Volkswagen on it captioned "Fine Auto-Erotica". I wore it proudly.

Posted by: Flautist | May 3, 2007 12:39:45 PM

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