The history and legend of neckties


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Just in the time of the Egytians Pharaos the priests worn a triangle piece of woven around their necks.
Another form of ties in history were found in China. In the enormous mausoleum of Shih Huang Ti, who was buried in 210 B.C. He was one of the most potent Chinese emporer. In his tomb near the city of Xi`an, were found an army of 7500 life-size terracotta replicas of Shih Huang Ti’s famed fighting force. Each soldier look different, except in one respect: all wear neck cloths.

In 113 A.D., one of Rome’s greatest Emperors, the military genius Trajan, erected a marble column to commemorate a triumphant victory over the Dacians, who lived in what is now Romania. The 2,500 realistic figures on the column sport no less than three different styles of neckwear. These include shorter versions of the modern necktie; cloth wound around the neck and tucked into armor. Trajan’s column is the only representation of legionnaires with neckwear.
But the real date of birth for the necktie was around the year 1635, some thousand soldiers came to Paris to give their support to King Louis XlV and Cardinal Richelieu. Among them were a great number of Croatian mercenaries led by a ban, or Croatian viceroy. The traditional outfit of these Croats aroused interest on account of the unusual and picturesque scarves distinctively tied about their necks. The scarves were made of various cloths, ranging from coarse material for common soldiers, to fine cotton and silk for officers. This elegant „Croatian style“ immediately enamoured the French, who were delighted by the new article of clothing, which had been previously unknown in Europe.
The fashionable expression, â??a la croateâ??, soon evolved into a new French word, which still exists today: la cravate. Many experts believe the French word for tie, cravat, is a corruption of „Croat.“ Other sources say cravat is derived from the Turkish word kyrabacs, or the Hungarian, korbacs, both meaning „whip“ or „long, slender object.“ Researchers have also noted the word cravat appeared in French before the arrival of the Croatians. They suggest the term is a corruption of rabat, French for a hanging collar. The fashion of neckties soon arrived in whole Europe. It was worn as symbol for style and power.
At the time of industrial revolution the style changed, clothes were more uniformed. 1920 the American Jesse Langsdorf created the first necktie cut diagonally to the thread run. This form of necktie is worn until today.

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