South American view of the cravat – new artistic works for the Challenge of the Cravat exhibition project collection have arrived from Chile to Zagreb
During the last visit of the Challenge of the Cravat exhibition to Santiago de Chile in December 2011, at the Providencia Cultural Institute, local artists added their works to the international collection of the Challenge of the Cravat – Cravat as the Croatian Contribution to Global Culture. The works of seven Chilean and one Argentinean artist have finally made it to their final destination: Zagreb – the capital of the cravat.
Eduardo Castillo shows a Croatian immigrant in Chile, who is connected to his homeland with a thick net of colourful ribbons behind his back, one of which found its way to his neck.
No name, 2011, oil on canvas, 70x50 cm
Joaquin Mirauda has cast a bronze torso, centred on a very notable vertical line in the shape of a cravat. He characterizes his work as the strength which supports man.
The Pillar, 2011, cast bronze, 31 x 7 x 4 cm.
In his work Opus 833, Enrique Campuzano refers to the coming of age period, with the white cravat indicating immaculateness and innocence, surrounded by the enticing flight of fluttering yet formal ribbons.
Opus 833, 2011, oil on canvas, 100x81 cm
In his work G-8, Emece Carbi presents a criticism of the globalized world and the leading policies. Globally it is symbolized by the G-8, based on economic power and sustained exploitation of the disempowered. Here again the cravat has served as an attribute identifying those wearing it.
G-8, 2011, combined techniques, 1 m (diameter)
Estudio de Cuerpo y Alma, in translationThe study of the body and soul consisting of the Daniella Miller y Pia Cosmelli twosome, provided two artistic photographs, two nudes donning nothing but cravats. With these works they celebrate the beauty of the body as an expression of the soul.
Marco de madera negra, 2011, photographs, 30 x 45 cm
Lisi Fox as a sculptress exploited the cravat, forming it freely to emphasize femininity with underlying curves.
Cravat, the Seductress, 2011, coloured acrylic, 74x29x19 cm
Livia Keller gave two works. Cravat is a delicate glass work, an expression of tenderness towards a valuable article. In the other work, entitled Heritage, the cravat, in connection with family photographs, is like a memento of the loved ones.
Cravat, 2011, thermo-laminated glass, cast, 92x23 cm // Heritage, 2011, thermo-laminated glass, cast with copper, 33 x 60 cm.
The cravat as a motif is a confirmed inexhaustible source of inspiration for works of varied contents. Its form and role as an attribute, together with its diverse symbolism are characteristics enabling artists to create increasingly more expressive and interesting works. The collection of the Challenge of the Cravat exhibition project has now grown to over 150 works by approximately 15 authors originating from about ten countries worldwide, where this unique exhibition has been put on so far.
Nicholas B. Daddazio is an artist devoted to the study of the cravat and its symbolism. He is also a special correspondent for Academia Cravatica from New York. His study of the cravat resulted in production of a large collection of bronce cravat sculptures that he had started making in 1992. In year 2005, he included giant mixed-media necktie sculptures in canvas, plastic, denim, cotton, netting and many other materials in his work. You can find more information about his work on the official website: http://www.necktiesculpture.com
On June 16th (Father’s Day Weekend), The Association of Beverly Shores Residents (ABSR) is organizing the 5th annual Necktie 5K Walk & Run. As the name implies, all participants are encouraged to wear neckties during the run in recognition of fathers everywhere! Prizes will be awarded to participants with the most-creative neckties and also to the first father-son and first father-daughter teams to cross
the finish line together.
This year they have added a Kid’s Sprint. The Sprint is open to ages 7 and under.
All kids who participate win a prize!
The circular course of the run features beautiful Indiana wetlands as well as dramatic lake front views. It also provides opportunities to spot wild-life along the way.
For more information, photographs and videos visit the official Necktie 5K Walk and Run Webpage (http://www.necktierun.com/) or the ABSR website (http://www.absr.org)
(April 3, 2012)
„The Challenge of the Cravat“ exhibition – exploring the motif of the man’s neckwear in the works of contemporary artists – opened in Santiago, the capitol of Chile. There were works of 51 artists from Croatia, Poland, South Africa, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia, Japan, Chile and Argentina. All of them took a notion of that decorative clothing item which is considered to be genuine Croatian product. Symbolically announcing the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Croatia and Chile, the exhibition was realized in cooperation of the Instituto Cultural de Providencia, Santiago de Chile, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia, the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia and its initiator Academia Cravatica, an NGO based in Zagreb.
Judging by recent agreements between Franjo Bušić, director of Academia Cravatica and Diasake Kadokawa, Mayor of Kyoto Croatian cravat could soon be exposed and promoted in the cultural center of the city, still known as the spiritual capital of Japan. In that way, cravat would be displayed as a permanent exhibit in the center that is annually visited by 50 million tourists.
- Zagreb is the world’s capital of the cravat, and values that symbolically represents belong to the ethical values of Japanese culture - said Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa. Although the Japanese appreciate their culture, they admit - Japan has become modern with the arrival of cravat.(lk/vlm) City, 29.09.2011.
The Croatian origin of the cravat
During the Thirty Years War in the 17th century (1618-1648) Croatian soldiers were known everywhere as exceptional warriors, and they joined the French royal army. Alongside their military skills they were noted for one detail. They wore a kerchief tied around their necks. That kerchief, tied in a knot, quickly spread as a fashion accessory and took on an ethnic name, so the name of the nation – Cravate (Croates, Hrvati) – became the name of that item – the cravat.
The purpose of Cravat Day
The installation “A Cravat around the Arena”, performed on 18th October 2003 in Pula, created by Marijan Bušić, was as a world scale spectacle, seen on world television by more than a billion people. It was assessed as “the most ambitious, most well-thought out concept and project to promote the Croatian identity” (Ive Šimat Banov). Through this installation, with the largest cravat in the world, the ancient and the contemporary eras were linked symbolically, and the red color of the cravat sent a message to the world of love and life together for all peoples and nations. At this year’s book fair in Leipzig, where Croatia was a partner country, on the title page of the program book of Croatian authors there was a picture of precisely the Cravat around the Arena.
“The cravat is communication, a universal symbol of dignity and dress culture, and its symbolic potential also holds other values. The vertical cravat symbolizes the human vertical – human dignity and self-awareness, a moment of ceremony and celebration, success and the business spirit… By its fluttering lightness, however, on the one hand, and the knot on the other, the cravat “binds together” freedom and responsibility. It encourages us to communicate more aware of our own dignity and the dignity of others, our freedom, but also our responsibility. Due to its huge symbolic power, the cravat has epochal importance for Croatia and the world” Marijan Bušić pointed out, as the initiator of the project, Croatia – the Homeland of the Cravat.
CONGRATULATIONS - 18TH OCOTBER - THA CRAVAT DAY!
SUBJECT: Appeal for usage of the word cravat in English laguage
THE CRAVAT INSTEAD OF A TIE AND NECKTIE
The word tie has developed from the phrase To tie the cravat!
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.
The fashion of wearing knotted scarves in England as well as the word „cravate“ in the form of „the cravat“ introduced King Charles II in 1660, upon his return from exile. Later on from the expression „to tie the cravat“ a new name developed for the cravat in English – the „tie“ and „necktie“.
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 17th 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 Gundulič, on a portrait dating from 1622 and kept in the Rector’s Palace, is wearing a scarf around his neck, tied like a cravat. This insight gives a new emphasis to the character of the great man of Dubrovnik, Gundulić, but the new facts also shed light once more on the origins of the cravat.
This all means in fact that the cravat was worn in Dubrovnik as long as 55 years before it was worn in France, and there is real evidence to support this fact. Although this portrait of Gundulić has been on show in the Rector’s Palace for many years, it is interesting that it has never been noticed before now that the poet is not wearing a normal scarf, but precisely a cravat. “Dubrovnik is one of the greatest Croatian brands, just like the cravat, and with this discovery these two brands now complement one another even more” it was pointed out, amongst other things, at the press conference in the atrium of the Dubrovnik Sponza Palace, on the occasion of this discovery, by Mirta Hansal, a public relations officer from “Academia Cravatica”. Moreover, Dubrovnik and the cravat are each in their own way a symbol of the centuries long story of freedom.
Cravat Day, 18th October, will not only be marked in Croatia, the homeland of the tie, but Japan, Egypt, Italy and Germany are only some of the countries who are preparing to celebrate Cravat Day.
It will be particularly interesting on cruise liners which will be moored in interesting tourist destinations on that day, where the crew and guests on the cruiser will mark Cravat Day in an appropriate manner.