Ivatan woman wearing vakul.

Something to add to the Mad Hatter’s collection: the vakul, a quirky headgear worn by the local women
 of Batanes in northernmost Philippines to protect themselves from harsh weather conditions—the scorching heat of the sun, rains, and even strong winds.

Voyavoy leaves (Philippine date palm) are sun-dried and woven to make a vakul.

Nowadays, you’d see vakul-donning locals in Batanes gamely posing for a snap. Help out by buying a vakul from them, which could very well be a good travel token.

Get there
SkyJet Airlines flies daily from Manila to Batanes.

Photo by Ferdz Decena