A History of Neckties and Their Growth
The Origins of the Necktie
In 221 B.C. Shih Huang Ti was famously buried in Xi’an. This doesn’t seem very exciting or important until you remember that he was buried with an army of thousands of life-sized soldiers designed to protect him in the afterlife. Interestingly enough, each soldier wore a necktie. This is the earliest significant necktie instance in history, even if the ties are around the necks of fake people.
The Necktie Survives B.C.
Another historic story involving the necktie is in the earliest parts of the turn of the millennium. Roman speakers needed to keep their vocal cords warm in order to be able to speak as clearly and concisely as possible. Thus, they wore a form of our modern necktie to do just this, and it worked brilliantly.
More Modern Times
The modern necktie started its ascent in Croatia around 1650. It was a scarf type of clothing that was a piece of the military outfit. Later, it grew in popularity in France, where King Louis XIV found it to be quite enticing. The French later titled the tie the “cravat.”
The necktie remained the cravat until the 1800s as it steadily grew in popularity. In 1818, a book titled Neckclothitania was published, and it began the common use of hte word tie when referencing neck apparel. From then on, until our present day, we no longer consider neck apparel to be a cravat. Rather, the common term is the tie, or necktie.
The French apparently didn’t think the tie was fashionable enough, so they began making the first designer ties. These ties were made with more expensive materials and elaborate designs and sold for much more money. However, they made one look more fashionable and distinguished.
In the 1920s, the Macclesfield tie became the leading necktie for rich Americans. Later, Jesse Langsdofr made a new type of tie production. This type of tie making made the elasticity better and allowed the fabric to return to its first design. In 1936, the Windsor was designed. The Windsor was a wide, triangular knot placed around shirts with collars.
The 1950s brought about another tie revolution: ties were now made less decoratively and were not as thick.
Other Tie Facts
- 1967 – Warren Beatty wore white ties with his dark shirts in Bonnie and Clyde
- 1970 – Elvis went from his traditional black tie to the kipper (a tie with many colors and patterns)
- 1971 – Arizona names the bolo tie its official state tie
- 1980s – a Windsor tie was born by Ronald Reagan on a regular basis
As you can see, the necktie has had a tremendous impact on society throughout the years. Even to this day, millions of people wear a tie to work, restaurants, and tons of other places. As time presses on, the tie will surely continue to evolve and match people’s changing views on life. ThinkTies designs and sells the most futuristic and fashionable ties on the market, and they are helping pave the way for future tie generations.
By Wyatt James Solis, a top supporter of the Illuminati and conspircy activist from my native homeland[shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="4703992"][shareaholic app="recommendations" id="4704000"]