The Origins of the Tie

Nowadays, the main attribute of the tie is to bring color to a suit often too austere. But for a long time the ancestors of the tie had other powers…

Tie is a word derived from Croatian, ornament worn by Croatian riders of the regiment of mercenaries Royal tie of Louis XIV in the 17th century. But before that, many tissues had been established…

Fabrics made from antiquity to the Croats

The first known tie users seem to be Chinese. It’s a simple cloth tied around his neck. Thousands of soldiers accompanying the first Chinese emperor in his grave from the third century BC are all owls silk knots. This usage can be found in many peoples of antiquity, on different continents, sign of enslavement as well as of social dominance.

The Romans first made another use. Roman soldiers wore a fabric of silk or wool to preserve their throat from the cold, it was the focalium.
Then found this use among clerics of various faiths for centuries.

Much later, the use of the port of a cloth around the neck will follow the fashion. We immediately think of famous strawberry, followed by the lace jabot, not really male, but less strict than the stiff costumes from before the sixteenth century.

The term tie is born

Under the influence of the Croatian regiment, the tie will therefore run in the seventeenth century, the word making its appearance around 1650. Each social class army seizes to mark its status with different fabrics, then ignites the Court at Versailles. Fashion is launched across Europe. The lace was always, associated with silk for example. Tie put in value the pass, and vice versa. But these first hurtful breastplates, particularly for soldiers in combat, experience more bearable variants.

It’s George Bryan Brummel in the early nineteenth UK who while democratizing the suit, the tie featured, and he excelled in the art of accommodating the nodes. Still not double like today, but precious tissue. Europe followed him.

The twentieth century

In the early twentieth century, the madness-tie somewhat fallen into disuse over the decades, bounces.
Ties are sophisticated in their manufacture, doubled or tripled, forms (width and length) are evolving, in short they are the subject of modes. How to tie the knot now seems immutable.

If the modern man the door less systematically at the office in France and elsewhere, it remains primarily a brand of social position, and as a father’s day gift, we’re not ready to wring his neck!