Why is a necktie called a cravat?

April 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Cravat is derived from Cravate, the French name of the inhabitants of Croatia, who in English are called Croats (pronounced kro-ats ) Khrvat is the Serbo-Croatian form of the name.

The original cravat or cravate was a linen or muslin scarf worn around the neck by members of a regiment of Croat mercenaries in the service of Austria.

About 1636 France organized a regiment of light cavalry dressed in uniforms with neckware patterned after that of the Croat. This mode of neckware was immediately adopted by fashionable men in Paris, and the style later spread throughout the civilized world.

When first introduced among civilians the cravat consisted of a simple scarf, but cravats edged with lace and tied in a bow with long flowing ends later became the fashion. In the course of time all “neckties” became known as cravats.

 

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