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Kufi

Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Brown and Chocolate Brown Kufi
Gentleman wearing a Gold and Chocolate Brown Aso Oke Fila Kufi

A Kufi is a short or long cap worn widely in Africa. Kufis are generally worn by men. Kufis come different shapes, sizes and forms. The most popular kufis are round in shape. Kufis are worn by Christians, Muslims, and Traditional worshipers. There are several traditional names for African hats. Fila, Armadillo, okpu agu, Krofofrom, Fez, Senator, Awolowo, Abeti-Aja, fula, kofia  are a few of those traditional names. Kufi’s are very popular in West Africa because of its preserved traditional heritage. In many countries in West Africa, a kufi is considered to be part of a garment. Kufis can be worn casually as well as to special occasions. Kufis can be very regal depending on how they are worn and how much they complement an outfit. A hat is not mandatory when wearing African garments. African Clothing can be worn without a hat.

Okpu_Agu_Igbo_Cap

Okpu Agu Igbo Knitted Cap

Igbo Cap

Igbo Cap

Typically, Muslims wear a hat when praying. However, it is not mandatory. They believe it is a sign of humility and respect. Christians on the other hand typically do not wear hats during prayer. They believe it is a sign of humility and respect. Traditional worshipers take a more individualistic approach as to either wearing a hat or not.

Hausa Hat

Hausa Hat

Cultures or tribes can many times be distinguished by the style or shape of a hat or both. A person’s religion or status (elder in a community, chief, ….) can sometimes be determined by what type of Kufi they wear. Typically people wear kufis to show their pride in their religion, culture, history, region and so on.

Black Velvet Kufi.

Black Velvet Kufi.

Kufis can be made of Brocade (cotton), Mud Cloth, Kente, Aso Oke, African Print, Linen, Hayes (paper-like material), Damask, Velvet, Leather and many other fabrics. Kufis can also be crocheted or Knitted.

Ghanaian_kufi

The Yoruba Tribe in Nigeria refer to their hats as “fila” The hats are similar to chef hats in their full form. However, they are folded to the right side to form a style similar to a military beret.

Olive Green and Beige Aso Oke Fila Kufi

Olive Green and Beige Aso Oke Fila Kufi

They also have a hat referred to as “Abeti Aja“, meaning like the ears of a dog. This hat is worn by elders in a community, by a groom in a traditional wedding, or for very special occasions.

African Print Abeti Aja Kufi Cap

African Print Abeti Aja Kufi Cap

Kufi hats have become very popular in the African-American culture during Black heritage celebrations like Black History Month,and Kwanzaa. Kufi hats are also common with Afrocentric people for casual or everyday wear. Kufi caps can be worn by women and men depending on the shape and style. Some kufi caps are unisex.

Kente Kufi

Kente Kufi

The following link has a variety of Kufi caps. Click here to get one.