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

Nick Lela (
Wed, 25 Oct 1995 04:34:28 GMT (Joel and Lynn GAzis-SAx) wrote:
>There's a bit of rough history here. The necktie (as opposed to the bow tie)
>was a product of Croat civilization. The neckgear which you refer to is
>properly called a "cravat", which derives from the word "Hrvat" or "Croat".
>I've cross-posted this to soc.culture.croatia for some additional feedback
>from that group's members. They might have an answer for what purpose it
>filled. (My brother-in-law thinks it is simply a useless embellishment.)

What you say is true. Cravat is actually a French word for the neck tie.
Cravat, a French variation of Croat, was the term used to describe this
fashion accessory because it was introduced there by Croatian merchants.