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Croats were prominent in 30 years war
Posted by: Robert Jerin (ID *****9128) Date: September 06, 2010 at 10:36:25
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Around 1635, France hired thousands of scarf-wearing Croatian mercenaries to help out with the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648). By 1650, French king Louis XIV caught sight of these jaunty neckerchiefs, fell for them and started wearing one himself. Voila, a new fashion accessory was born. The French called the scarf “a la croate,” meaning worn “in the Croatian way.” The term soon evolved into the word “cravat,” a word that's remained a synonym for neckwear to this day.

Robert Jerin
Croatian Heritage Museum
Cleveland Ohio

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