The Origin of the Modern Necktie

Did you know that the modern necktie traces back to the Thirty Years’ War  in 1660? In celebration of its hard-fought victory over the Ottoman Empire , the formidable regiment from Croatia visited Paris , where the soldiers were presented as glorious heroes to Louis XIV — a monarch well known for his eye toward personal adornment. It so happened that the officers of this regiment were wearing brightly colored handkerchiefs fashioned of silk around their necks, which struck the fancy of the king, and he soon made them an insignia of royalty as he created a regiment of Royal Cravattes.

The word “cravat” is derived from the à la croate—in the style of the Croats, and so the origin of the modern necktie is born.

To find out a more detailed history, type in History of the Necktie in Google.

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