The Egyptians were the first culture to develop neckties, showing that this clothing item could be both mysterious and exotic. Wrapped around the neck and a long rectangular fabric is hanging on the shoulder. It's like an ascot, which is the forerunner of neckties in the story.
In ancient Egypt, this accessory has very important implication which represents the wearer's social status. Only nobility could wear it, not the common citizen. From ancient Egypt, the modern tie evolved a symbol of the feudal system in a sense. Evolved into the necktie, it represents a clear class differentiation.
There are even more stories on the neckties in the Europe among which the British ones are the most interesting. According to the old legend, the ties were invented by British women. It protected husband's clothing from the food stains. Women would attach a piece of cloth to the collar to keep it clean and enable him to wipe his mouth if needed. For decoration, they also nailed a few stones into the man's shirt cuffs. From these influences emerged today's neckties and cuff links; these items are now a must-have in any man's wardrobe.
There are other legends of course. Ties have been used for many purposes over the years such as observation of winds by Irish fishermen, wives or lovers of Roman soldiers used them when praying or peace and British soldiers wore them to cover scars from war. It's hard to tell if they're authentic, but evidently the wearing of neckties can be traced back to wartime.
Historical information seems to indicate that neckties had their origin in France, although there are also other ideas as to their origin. In medieval times, warfare was a common occurrence in Europe. In 1688, King Louis XIV in France started the war to Austria. During one period, white scarves were worn by Austrian soldiers as a type of identification.
The king liked that scarf which is known as Croatta. He fashioned a scarf which he wore in the palace. He began to make a new design for the scarf, such as adding the embroidery lace and tying a butterfly knot so after a while, he was bored by the plain style of Croatta. Neckties instantly rose in popularity, thanks to Louis.
Once the trend to wear neckties spread to the army, many others soon began to wear them also. The king Louis then did more on the Croatta such that one army was named after Croatta. For the necktie development in the history the promotion by King Louis is very important. One might argue that were it not for King Louis XIV, the modern necktie would not exist. The king had no idea how important his promotion for the modern fashion within next hundreds of years. The Croatta has been evolved into two categories in the current fashion industry: One is the bow tie from the upward development and the other is the necktie with the downward development.
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