The Teekkari cap is an emblem of Technology students. The Teekkari cap is hexagonal and, in terms of its colour, resembles the student cap of Finnish high school graduates. The outside of the cap is white velvet, its rim is black velvet and its brim polished leather. There is a black tassel attached in the top middle of the cap that hangs over the cap’s right edge. The cockade of the Polyteekkari cap is the 19th century emblem of the Student Union of Helsinki University of Technology’s predecessor, Polyteknikkojen yhdistys [the Polytechnicians’ Association] which, combined with the cap’s hexagonal shape, tassel and technical-red lining, constitutes an official Teekkari cap. The cockade is a golden cogwheel half-surrounded by a sprig wreath, inside of which there is a pair of compasses, a hammer, a set square and inside callipers. Used as a cap emblem, its height varies between 15–24 millimetres. The cap with the current shape was introduced in 1893.
The right to wear a Teekkari cap during their freshman Wappu is granted to a Technology student who has accumulated the required number of freshman points. As they press the Polyteekkari cap on their head for the first time in the early hours of Wappu, the freshman becomes part of the history of over a hundred years that the cap represents. Hence, it should be kept in mind that the Polyteekkari cap does not entitle you to bad behaviour but signifies a merry gentlewoman and gentleman.
It is also possible for a student of the field to acquire a cap without accumulating freshman points. In this case, the cap can be received after the first study year’s Mother’s Day by visiting the Polyteekkari Museum and getting acquainted with the history represented by the cap.
Traditionally, Economy and Arts students wear the high school graduate cap, either with the original lyre or equipped with the emblems of their own field. Both the KY and the TOKYO cap emblems, i.e. cockades, stem from the 1900s. The cockade of TF, for its part, has seen the light of day in the 2000s. It is a popular practice to change the cockade in time for Wappu at the latest, providing a visual connection to the study field and community. Among Kylteris, in particular, wearing the student cap has become more common again after a small break, and especially various active operators can often be seen with the cap on from Wappu until the end of September, as per tradition.
Alternative cap emblems, i.e. cockades, for the student cap
The KY emblem was created by making small changes to a proposal submitted to a competition in 1913, which first manifested itself as a 24-millimetre-high golden membership emblem and ended up on the flag as well as the cap. The emblem is based on the caduceus (GRE kerykeion), the staff of Hermes, who is the god protecting trade and thieves. In addition to changing the cap emblem, it is also possible to replace the basic student cap’s lining with a green and orange one. Like other KY emblems, the cockade can be purchased from the Service Secretaries in Espilä.
The TOKYO emblem is the result of a design competition organised in 1962, and it was proceeded by an emblem featuring a spiral across a torso. The emblem created by Marjaana Murto is an arithmetic spiral turning three times whose line and gap are identical in width. As a cap emblem, it is made of gold or another metal similar to gold and has a height of approximately 15 millimetres.
The TF cap emblem, for its part, is a gold-plated cockade designed by two student nation members, Mya Rydman and Amanda Colliander, in 2014. Like the Swedish cap lyre, the cap emblem is 21 millimetres high, and it has the TF emblem carried by waves and surrounded by an open sprig wreath in the centre of it. The TF cockade is designed with especially Arts and Economy students in mind, but also those members who have received the student nation’s freshman education. In other words, the cockade is earned by accumulating freshman points, as is the case with the Teekkari cap. In connection with the TF Phuxivator exchanging the cap emblem, also the cap’s lining is replaced with a red and yellow one. You can ask your own Phuxivator for more information.