Everyone is aware that our soldiers in Aso ebi would be lacking without the Fila cap. The fila completes the style and gives the wearer a stunning appearance. These caps, which are primarily worn by Yoruba men, are now a trend for everyone as fashion started to change.
The Yoruba people use a variety of headgear, such as the Awolowo Cap, Gobi, Kufi, and Etu (made from aso-oke). In Yoruba country, various occupations have their own distinctive headgear, such as farmers who wear Gberi-agbe and hunters who wear Gberi-ode.
But did you know that historically, the way the fila was worn held significance?
Here are seven reasons why wearing a Fila is significant.
- When someone positions their cap to the left, it indicates that they are married.
- If it is to the right, the wearer is unmarried.
- When worn by a young person, it is placed in the front to indicate that the wearer will have a glorious future.
- When worn by the elderly, it is positioned toward the back to signify that they have served their purpose.
- In all other circumstances, Yoruba followers of prominent individuals are expected to tilt their caps in the opposite direction of their Lords as a display of respect if a member of a high caste does so to the left or right.
- When in the neighborhood, a guy who is going to get married must tip his cap in the direction of his future wife’s home to warn off potential suitors.
- As a form of respect, Sango devotees are often known to incline their Gobi hats inward.
These are a few quick facts about the Fila. Do you realize this? I wager you didn’t.