Academia Cravatica is a non-profit institution founded on 26th March 1997 and it studies, preserves and improves the cravat as a part of Croatian and world heritage.
Academia Cravatica builds from an authentic historical fact that the cravat emerged as an expression of the genius of the Croatian people and that this fashion ornament is a medium able to transmit many discreet messages to the world.
The Cravat instead of a Tie and Necktie
On the occasion of the International Day of The Cravat on the 18th of October we invite all the English speaking individuals to call the knotted scarf around their neck by it’s original name the cravat instead of tie and necktie.
Ivan Gundulić wore a cravat before Louis XIV
Although it has always been thought that the French King Louis XIV was the first to wear something resembling a cravat, or a scarf as its predecessor, on a portrait dating from the end of the 16th century, it is now clear that the oldest portrait of someone wearing a cravat was painted in a Croatian city.
This was of course Dubrovnik. That is to say, it was recently discovered that the famous Dubrovnik poet, Ivan Dživo Gundulić, on a portrait dating from 1622 and kept in the Rector’s Palace, is wearing a scarf around his neck, tied like a cravat.
Marking cravat day goes beyond the borders of Croatia
Cravat Day, 18th October, will not only be marked in Croatia, the homeland of the tie.
Japan, Egypt, Italy and Germany are only some of the countries who are preparing to celebrate Cravat Day…