Vietnam Pith Helmet
Vietnam Pith Helmet - VNMH-001
The origin of the Vietnam pith helmet (called Mu Coi in Vietnamese) is unclear. It is believed that after the Second World War, the Viet Minh (the pioneering revolutionary force of Vietnam) copied the pith helmet from the former French colonizer and adopted it as its own.
The Vietnam pith helmet is handmade of the real pith of an indigenous tree - Sesbania Javanica living under water (only grown in northern Vietnam) using the same manufacturing techniques for making French pith helmet..
This pith hat is durable and lightweight and suitable for used at special events or outdoor activity.
Outside cover: High quality leaf green twill.
Inside liner: Shade green or cream cotton fabric.
Chinstrap and sweatband: High quality leather.
Fittings: Ventilator, eyelet and buckle made of aluminum/brass.Front star badge is also available at request.
Color: As pictured. Other colors on request.
Size: 54 - 59 cm. Adjustable via a Velcro lock on sweatband
Today Vietnam pith helmet is still widely worn by both civilians and the military in Vietnam; it is similar to the pre-WWII civilian pith helmets, but covered in jungle green cloth, and with a metal insignia at the front (especially for the Vietnamese military soldiers). The jungle green color was used to help Vietnamese soldiers hide from the enemy during their operations in the tropical jungles throughout the country. This color has been retained and unchanged for almost half a century.
The pith hat is also a great item for collector or display purposes
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