Re: The Origin of The Cravat (Was: Are Ties Phallocarps?)

Benjamin H. Diebold (
16 Nov 1995 22:15:23 GMT

Lennart Regebro ( wrote:

: No, it's just because the western culture is taking over the world. You don't
: see ties used with Arabic clothes, for example. The *tie* isn't taking over,
: the *suit* is.

Ah! Here is the analogue in cultural anthropology to the Effect
hypothesis. I agree; the tie isn't being directly selected -- the fashion
of the suit in identification with western modes of dress is. The tie is
sort of incidentally riding along.