History Of The Neck Tie
The history of the necktie can date back to different periods, depending on the way we define the word tie itself. Traditionally, the word tie is used to define a piece of clothing which is worn around the neck as a decorative piece, rather than something with a purpose like a scarf.
The earliest known example of a decorative tie dates back to 17th century France when Croatian forces were brought in to support King Louis XIII during the war. The Croatian forces used a piece of cloth to secure the top of their uniforms which King Louis was fond of. It was quickly made a part of the uniform used by French at Royal gatherings when the war was over. In honour of the Croatians, the King named the accessory La Cravate, or Cravat in English.
The Cravat was more of a decorative fabric which resembled what we would know today as a bow tie. Over the years the Cravat has evolved and around the 19th Century the traditional necktie was created as a result of the four in hand knot. The four in hand knot was said to have been first used by British horsemen who would knot their reins in such a way that they could keep four horses in one hand. In the same time period bow ties and ascot ties were created, evolving more in to the 20th Century, when during the industrial revolution the tie as we know it today started to be used when the man of the time found the need to look smart and presentable all day long whilst working in comfort. Ties have since then been traditionally worn by men in the same way, for decorative purposes only; coming a long way from their beginnings with King Louis XIII.
Ties themselves have remained in the same basic form throughout the 20th Century, but the main thing which has changed with time is the width, adjusting to the fashions of the time.