How To Tie A Cravat- For The Re-enactor-

History Of The Cravat- The modern necktie, ascot, and bow tie are descended from the cravat.

1800–1850- At this time, there was much interest in the way to tie a proper cravat and this led to a series of publications. This began with Neckclothitania, which is a book that contained instructions and illustrations on how to tie 14 different cravats. Soon after, the immense skill required to tie the cravat in certain styles, quickly became a mark of a man’s elegance and wealth. It was also the first book to use the word tie in association with neckwear.

It was about this time that black stocks made their appearance. Their popularity eclipsed the white cravat, except for formal and evening wear. These remained popular through to the 1850s. At this time, another form of neckwear worn was the scarf. This was where a neckerchief or bandana was held in place by slipping the ends through a finger or scarf ring at the neck instead of using a knot. This is the classic sailor neckwear and may have been adopted from them.

1860–1920s- With the industrial revolution, more people wanted neckwear that was easy to put on, comfortable and would last an entire workday. Neckties were designed long, thin and easy to knot, and they did not come undone. This is the necktie design still worn by millions of men. 

The cravat originated in the 1630s; like most men’s fashions between the 17th century and World War I, it was of military origin. In the reign of Louis XIII of France, Croatian mercenaries. were enlisted into a regiment supporting the King and Cardinal Richelieu against the Duke of Guise and the Queen Mother, Marie de’ Medici. The traditional Croat military kit aroused Parisian curiosity about the unusual, picturesque scarves distinctively knotted at the Croats’ necks; the cloths that were used ranged from the coarse cloths of enlisted soldiers to the fine linens and silks of the officers. The sartorial word cravat derives from the French cravate, a corrupt French pronunciation of Croate.

Video Credit to Guy W. Gane III- and Wiki Info

Random silliness but stuff I've been thinking about

I have a very serious dilemma where I want to do like Civil War reenactment…but being from the South/and being brown…

I really don’t want to glorify the CSA because they were dumb dipshits…I just want to put on the pretty clothes…

To a much much lesser extent it’s kind of the same problem I’m running into with potentially portraying someone of color in the SCA…

I really really love the history and time periods I’d be “living in” but at the same time, both groups are made up of a majority of white folk and seem to handwave/ignore a lot of the serious underlying issues for folks like me during those times…

It’s like when I first started to dress up for Renfaires I refused to dress up like an Irish maiden or English lady because I was brown- and I ended up opting for a Romani/Roma persona and tried to research as much as I could to make sure I was doing justice to the group- but as I’ve gotten older and learned more- even that could be considered problematic? 

So now I got this…problem and I don’t quite know how to deal with it or even if I should tag this post. I’m not hating on reenactors at all- quite the contrary- I REALLY WANT TO JOIN…it just seems there’s not a place for me? IDK

Edit: I decided to tag this in hopes someone in those groups could help me out…thanks

It’s kinda funny, living historians tend to spend hundreds of dollars in order to have either a replica of clothing from a specific time period, or the authentic piece itself to wear at events and programs.  17th, 18th, 19th, and sometimes even early 20th century.  I would love to be around in 100 years when living historians are buying replica 21st century clothing for a few hundred dollars.


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