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Fashion History

Chinese Silk: The Fabric of Royalty

Chinese Silk: The Fabric of Royalty

According to a Chinese legend referenced in the writings of Confucius, silk was discovered in 2640 BCE by Xi Lingshi, the young wife of the Emperor of China. It is said that she was drinking tea under a mulberry tree in the garden of the imperial palace when a cocoon fell from the tree into her hot tea.
Dubrovnik baroque poet Ivan Gundulić; the oldest known portrait with a cravat, 1622.

The Cravat: Precursor to the Necktie

It is said that the piece of cloth around the necks of Croat soldiers aroused the curiosity of Parisians and King Louis XIII himself. Some even say that King Louis made them a mandatory accessory at royal gatherings and that he himself named this neck cloth "The Cravat" to honour the Croats.