The Neck Tie-Cravat

Hrvat means Croat=Cravat

As millions around the world dress to go to work each day or to go out for the evening, most probably do not realize that a major accessory of their wardrobe originated in Croatia.

The necktie, or kravata, is Croatia’s contribution to the world of fashion.
The use of the necktie in Croatia dates back to as early as the mid-1600s.

During the European Thirty Year War (1618-1648), Croatian soldiers were also drawn into battle and sent to fight in various regions of Europe.

At that time, the traditional Croatian military dress included a picturesque scarf tied around the neck in a manner which is very similar to the style in which the necktie is worn today.

In 1618, some agents of the Holy Roman Emperor were in Prague being disagreeable.

Some citizens threw the agents out a window.

The agents landed on a dunghill, so they survived.
Nevertheless, they were, in a foul temper, and (to simplify a bit) the “Defenestration of Prague” led to the Thirty Years War, which quickly, led to the need for Croatian mercenarie’s.

They were rough-and-ready fellows, but they did not neglect the decorative arts: They wore colorful neckwear.
The word “‘cravat” is derived from the word “Croat” and neckties are descended from what those Croatians wore.

It is unclear why those Croatians execited so much imitation.
Few people at the moment are sticklers about following the fashions of Croatian mercenaries.
Because some Croatian soldiers were stationed in Paris, this “Croatian style” greatly impressed their French counterparts.

French men adopted this new fashion during the reign of Louis XIV and referred to it as “a la Croate”.
Eventually, it became known by the French word “cravate”.
The tie entered the bourgeois fashion of th at era as a sign of cultivation and elegance and went on to conquer the whole of Europe.

Today, men across the entire civilized world tie knots in neckties in every imaginable color and made from a wide array of materials from silk to burlap.
Unlike many fashions, which fade or disappear over time, the necktie has retained its popularity for hundreds of years and is still considered a basic item of most men’s wardrobes, rather than just a decorative accessory.

As the court of Lottis XIV was a trendsetter in culturevand fashion, tile use of the “‘cravate” becamne wide- spread across Europe, with each country adopting a slightly altered word in their own language.


Hungarian: Kravat, English: Cravat-Neck Tie, Portuguese: Oravata, Croatian: Kravata, Polish: Krawat, German: Krawatte, Italian: Cravatta, French: Cravate, Spanish: Corvatta.

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Krapanj Calendar 2005

Krapanj � Zagreb Society, published Krapanj Calendar 2005. Author of the photographs is famous Croatian photographer Damir Fabijanic. The Krapanj Calendar 2005 was presented on Krapanj � Zagreb Society Christmas Dinner. Certain number of copies will be send to some addresses around the globe for the further distribution among Krapanj Diaspora. In a few days on these pages you can find out how to order your personal copy of Krapanj Calendar 2005.

New issue of Krapan News

New issue of Krapan News was out of press for the occasion of Krapanj � Zagreb Society Christmas Dinner. There are many interesting articles and report on events on island in the first week of August with numerous photographs. Certain number of copies will be send to some addresses around the globe for the further distribution among Krapanj Diaspora. In a few days on these pages you can find out how to order your personal copy of Krapan News.

Krapanj Zagreb Society Christmas Dinner

Krapanj – Zagreb Society Christmas Dinner was held in Zagreb in Hotel I on 11th December. About 100 guests enjoyed various specialties, good wine, friendly atmosphere and good live music. Among the guests were representatives of the Sibenik Society, Primosten Society and Vodice Society in Zagreb. There was a special program along the evening (the recital of actress Vlasta Knezovic), and raffle. The first price (1 ton of cement) was not drawn. President of the Krapanj Zagreb Society, Vladimir Jaram, M. Sc., suggested donating it to Mjesni odbor Krapanj, and guests with acclamation supported such move. More pictures from this occasion are coming as well as more information on Krapanj Zagreb Society and its program.

In my day…

The Washington Post Report in which people were asked to tell Gen-Xers how much harder they had it in the old days:

Third Place:
In my day, we couldn’t afford shoes, so we went barefoot. In the winter we had to wrap our feet with barbed wire for traction.
Bill Flavin, Alexandria

Second Place:
In my day we didn’t have MTV or in-line skates, or any of that stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right you’d weigh the needle down with something like quarters, which we never had because our allowances were way too small, so we’d use our skate keys instead and end up forgetting they were taped to the record player arm so that we couldn’t adjust our skates, which didn’t really matter because those crummy metal wheels would kill you if you hit a pebble anyway, and in those days roads had real pebbles on them, not like today.
Russell Beland, Springfield

And the winner of the velour bicentennial poster:
In my day, we didn’t have no rocks. We had to go down to the creek and wash our clothes by beating them with our heads.
Barry Blyveis, Columbia

Honorable Mentions:

In my day, we didn’t have days. There was only time for work, time for prayer and time for sleep. The sheriff would go around and tell everyone when to change.
Elden Carnahan, Laurel

In my day, we didn’t have fancy health-food restaurants. Every day we ate lots of easily recognizable animal parts, along with potatoes drenched in melted fat from those animals. And we’re all as strong as AAGGKK-GAAK Urrgh. Thud.
Tom Witte, Gaithersburg

In my day, we didn’t have hand-held calculators. We had to do addition on our fingers. To subtract, we had to have some fingers amputated.
Jon Patrick Smith, Washington

In my day, we didn’t have water. We had to smash together our own hydrogen and oxygen atoms.
Diana Hugue, Bowie