Croatia is homeland of Cravat (the tie)!

Croatian soldiers served in many European armies since the seventeenth century. In the French army in 17th century, during the reign of Louis XIII, there was a cavalry composed of the Croats, called Royal – Cravate, which existed in the period of 1664-1789. These soldiers gave the world something that is today unavoidable in fashion: the tie, called la cravate by the French and die Krawatte by the Germans. The expression was coined from the Croatian name, and mentioned for the first time in 1651.


Slavonski Brod – Cravatten Statt

cravatten statt toponym On historical map of the Habsburg Monarchy dated in 1697, a part of Slavonski Brod, today the centre of the city – The Square of Ivana Brlic-Mazuranic and the surrounding area – was given name in the German language Cravatten Statt. The map was prepared by Nikola Sparr de Bensdorf from the Netherlands, and is kept in the Military Archives in Vienna.



Notes from history about Cravat

Baron Trenck (1711-1749) was probably the most famous Croatian soldier who took part in the war of the Austrian Succession. He was the head of a regiment of Pandours recruited largely from Slavonia. His Memoirs of the Illustrious Francis Bacon Trenk were first printed in German and then translated into English (London, 1747).

French King Louis XIV had his cravatier du roi. Cravatier du roi had a very serious and important duty in the state administration: to offer the King a basket full of finest cravats every morning! [Gregory Peroche: Croatie - France 797-1997; Douze siècles d'histoire].


The biggest Cravat

CRAVAT AROUND ARENA, PULA, 2003 The biggest cravat in the world, weight 450 kg, length 808m, was tied around Arena in Pula, Croatia.