When, in 1635, a group of Croatian soldiers were introduced to the French King Louis XIV, the King noticed the brightly coloured silk cravats they were wearing around their necks.
He was so delighted that he decided that, from that moment on, the cravat would be a royal insignia and soon after, he founded the Royal Cravattes Regiment.
The French word “cravatte” is derived from these “Croats”.
In the 1920’s and 30’s, ties were very short, as they were worn inside the waistcoat.
In the 40’s they became wider and longer and their colours and design became less traditional.
After the Second World War, brightly coloured, hand-painted ties were in vogue.
Then, as fashion evolved, in the late 1950’s, the tie became very narrow, only to become super-wide again in the 1970’s with widths as much as 10 cm!
An advertisement in the 1950’s, suggested that men would look more attractive with a tie, enhancing their appearance and adding to their height.
In the 1980’s, the width of the tie was reduced to only a few centimeters - with an eventual return to the classic size of 7,5 cm, after the Millennium.
During this time, silk was made of a combination of wool or satin.
To illustrate the enduring development of the tie, currently there are ties on the market made of silk and Teflon.
Rather than adhere to the creativity of others, it is really fun to paint a unique specimen yourself.
For this project, you can choose from a number of fabrics including Pongé, Crepe de Chine or one of the many Jacquard patterns.
However, it is a risky job to draw a pattern on the tie yourself and trace it with Gutta, as the paint can easily escape under the Gutta lines.
Of course, there are also pre-printed ties with gold or black Gutta lines. These are much easier to handle.
Free expression with brushing paints and/or thickened paint by Pebéo is fascinating and gives wonderful results.
And the opaque (covering) paint by Pebéo is particularly suitable for black ties. In fact, this applies to all dark silk- and cotton materials.
The Nacré (mother of pearl) paint by Pebéo has the same effect.