Which Country Claims To Have Invented The Tie?

Al Gore invented the Internet. Croatia invented the neck tie. No, really, they did. Here’s a fun little nugget of fashion history, brought to our attention by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

“In a nutshell, the necktie evolved from a type of scarf worn by Croatian soldiers in the early 17th century. According to folk tradition, before a soldier set off for war, his girlfriend or wife would bestow upon him a narrow scarf to wear around his neck to remind him of her love … By 1650, French king Louis XIV caught sight of these jaunty neckerchiefs, fell for them and started wearing one himself.”

Aw! It’s sweet to think that the significance of a Croatian woman tying her husband’s tie as a send-off has managed to remain similar in a modern context. Well, sort of. War zone, office hell, same diff. [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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