Nigeria’s traditional fashion styles are not complete without a matching cap. Dressing and fashion keep evolving, however, the native cap known is still the same as many years ago. There are different native caps with designs depend on the choice of fabrics and type of style.
Traditional fashion styles are not complete without a matching cap. It is a unique part of the outfit that makes every man wearing native looks dashing and elegant.
Yoruba native caps are popularly known as ‘Fila’ which is the Yoruba name for the cap and are made of different types of material which are mostly from Aso-Oke fabric, velvet, cotton, or damask to complement native attires such as Agbada regalia different and types of other fabrics prints and designs, etc
The most important thing to note when using the native cap is that it must match other clothing you are putting on or colour combined.
Traditionally, some believe that wearing your cap to the right shows you are married, if left, it means you are single. But nowadays, it’s about fashion and promoting Yoruba culture.
There are different types of Native caps and styles.
Abeti Aja ; means “like the ears of a dog”. This style of Yoruba cap looks like a triangle with two edges sticking out like the ears of a dog. This style is common among both young and old Yoruba men.
Gobi style is the most common style of Yoruba cap these days. Before buying one, make sure that it fits your head properly. You can fold this any way you like. You can fold it on the right or on the left, a bit on the front part, or a bit to the back.
Kufi style is very common among Yoruba Muslims and also royal people. It is usually worn in a dashiki lace style.
Below are Nigerian prominent rocking with their choice of traditional cap style.