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South American view of the cravat – new artistic works for the Challenge of the Cravat exhibition

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.

Short introduction:

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, 70×50 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.

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, 100×81 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, 92×23 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.

South American view of the cravat – new artistic works for the Challenge of the Cravat exhibition2017-02-24T16:53:37+02:00

Čilić and Baghdatis – members of the Cravat Regiment for a day

Tennis players as members of the Cravat Regiment posed in front of the St. Mark’s ChurchMonday  February 2nd 2015 – Marin Čilić and Marcos Baghdatis have jumped into uniforms of the Cravat Regiment and lived one day as part of the honorary guard.

Their posturing in front of St. Mark’s Church  in Zagreb attracted a large number of tourists and passers-by that could not believe their eyes when they realized that two familiar faces that they’ve seen in uniforms of the Cravat Regiment are actually  Čilić and Baghdatis.

Čilić and Baghdatis – members of the Cravat Regiment for a day2017-02-24T20:07:00+02:00

Hironori Ura likes Croatia and Japan

The artistic works of Japanese artist inspired by Croatian ties

As a part of weeks of Japanese culture, gastronomy and technology “Croatia loves Japan, Japan loves Croatia”, an exhibition of young Japanese artist, Hironori Uru, is opened. Entitled – Hironori Ura likes Croatia and Japan -, the exhibition is exposing the imaginative masterpieces: objects from the Japanese tradition like dragons and umbrellas and objects from Croatian tradition – ties, painted with beautiful colors of artist that transmits from the Japanese tradition in modern objects and so in a unique way evokes the spirit of the Far East in modern attire.

Hironori Ura, won numerous awards in Japan, known for its performance in the Japanese Pavillion during the Worl Expo in Shanghai. He is active in various social activities related to the arts and culture.

The exhibition can be visited in the lobby of the Westin hotel, from 20th to 29th March 2

a 2015.



Hironori Ura likes Croatia and Japan2017-02-24T20:00:19+02:00

Children and cravats

Marijan Bušić‘s project ‘Cravat in education and upbringing of children and teenagers’ is elaborated in a letter sent to Croatian president Franjo Tuđman in 1995. The project is a part of a larger project: Croatia-homeland of the cravat which was started in 1990 by Marijan Bušić. Non-profit institution Academia Cravatica (AC) has realized several projects which promote the cravat in education and upbringing of children and teenagers (picture-book The story of the cravat (2001); exhibition of children cravat drawings in Anglo-American playroom in Zagreb (2001); Veli Jože’s cravat picture-book (2003) and Balun video-clip (2003).)

‘Cravat in education and upbringing of children and teenagers’ project will include preschool children, elementary school students, high-school students and students. It will analyze the cravat as a specific communication medium and a recognizable symbol of Croatia around the world. Within the project, a scientific (psychological-pedagogical) valorisation of the role and the results of cravat-related education in children and teenagers is anticipated. Kindergarten “Šumska jagoda” incorporated the Cravat and preschool children project into their project called “Children- keepers of ancestral heritage”. The project is based on the basic human rights to the full development of human personality and to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

A child also has the right to a regional and national identity. The cravat has an important role in that process because it is a universal symbol of success and festivity, dignity and civility. At the same time it represents an epochal Croatian contribution and is a widely known Croatian image symbol. The identity upbringing process, which emphasizes creativity, children’s ideas and interests, also encompasses educating children about understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations regardless of their cultural identities.

Children and cravats2017-02-24T17:25:43+02:00

Style, strictness and imagination in wardrobe of an elegant man

Wardrobe is a French word: garde (to keep, preserve) and robe (clothing, wardrobe). It keeps not only our clothing garments, but our secrets, mysteries, and continuous games as well.Good wardrobe, i.e. a number of clothing garments and fashion details which can be combined together, is created at the same moment when a desired vision of one´s appearance and style is precisely depicted. From that moment on, the image has to be directed in a way that each and every new acquisition contains a precise connection with the complete style, as we would say for a piece of art in a collection, that it has only one function – function that will do more than indulging a whim. A desired clothing garment has to be put into the context with the rest of the garments that have you already obtained.

Good wardrobe, as good library, is finally starting to get a shape well formed, and only after a number of years it may be considered defined. Only at this point, in carefully chosen wardrobe cabinets, the clothing garments are starting to get older and better. Time is the only judge who can evaluate clothes, outside a certain moment´s pointless trends. So, fabric has to be made of natural materials: wool, flax, silk or cotton. To wrap it up – let´s remind ourselves that a philosophical a collector´s point of view can be put into use very successfully, even on those who do not own more than three suits and twenty cravats. It isn´t necessary to be a multimillionaire to know how to dress well, however, taking care of your wardrobe is of great importance, for the clothes make a necessary item that travels with us along the way, all along the journey of life.



Style, strictness and imagination in wardrobe of an elegant man2017-02-24T17:25:12+02:00

Materials that go together

When one chooses a cravat to wear that day, one also has to pay attention to the material. There are certain rules that should be followed to make the choice easier. For example, because it is not possible to be hot and cold at the same time, there is no reason why one should wear a woollen cravat with a flax suit and vice versa. One should pay attention to the texture and weave harmony. Try not to wear a satin or silk cravat with a rough wool or cotton suit. A good rule is that a cravat should determine the weave of the suit or the shirt. A rep cravat goes well with a twill suit because they are finely woven. A woollen cravat goes with a tweed jacket. Finally, cravat material should be appropriate to the occasion. A rich silk weave is more suitable for an evening attire than for a day in an office.

Matching a cravat and a suit or a shirt can be tricky. The first rule is that elements should not be too similar or too different so as not to exclude one another. Combining stripes with stripes can be successful as long as there is a difference in the stripes’ width. Motifs can clash when it comes to shape or size. Matching thick asymmetric stripes can present a problem, but there is no rule on matching polka-dot and striped pattern, as long as their size goes well together. The safest way is to test whether the cravat’s dots fit between the shirt’s stripes. The more similar the size of motifs is between a shirt, a cravat and a jacket, the better the impression.

Motifs can also clash because of their theme. For example, a cravat with a hunting motif clashes with a classic striped suit; a classic modern polka-dot silk cravat looks ridiculous with a tweed suit.

From A small cravat book by Francoise Chaille. Flammarion (1999)

Materials that go together2017-02-24T17:24:45+02:00

Cravat psychology

Psychology and clinic psychology have studied the cravat as a unique fashion phenomenon. Here are some interesting insights.

If a person wears only one cravat type:

  • striped patterns reveal a powerful will and power aspirations
  • conservative people wear green cravats
  • people who want to please everybody wear polka-dot patterns
  • eccentric people wear flashy cravats
  • introverted people usually wear black cravats.

Cravat psychology2017-02-24T17:24:11+02:00

Advice from the past

Here is some advice from Count Della Galda’s book (1827) “The art of knotting cravats in usual and unusual ways in sixteen lessons”. Here are some guidelines on which cravats to take on a journey. A man should never travel without a small suitcase in which he will put his cravat collection.

The suitcase should contain:

  • 1. a dozen of plain white cravats.
  • 2. a dozen of white cravats with a chequered, polka-dot or striped pattern.
  • 3. a dozen of coloured cravats.
  • 4. at least three dozens of shirt collars.
  • 5. two fake collars.
  • 6. two black silk cravats.
  • 7. a small iron.

Advice from the past2017-02-24T17:23:22+02:00

How to match a cravat and a suit

A cravat is an important accessory and it should match our attire in material, pattern and colour. If one does not have many cravats, it is sufficient to have two plain cravats which can be worn on several occasions. When a plain cravat is worn with a patterned shirt or suit, one should make sure that the colours match.

For example, a yellow, green or brown cravat does not match a blue or grey suit, but you can wear a green or brown cravat with a brown suit. A patterned cravat can be worn with a plain suit and shirt if it matches with the colour and the pattern of the suit. Too colourful cravats should not be worn with an elegant suit.

It is important to know that the cravat should not be the same colour as the shirt or the suit. A smart dresser will know how to refresh their apparel by simply changing the cravat; a grey suit with a plain shirt will look completely different with a red cravat one put on in the morning and a blue one in the afternoon.

Here are some tables that can help you choose different colour combinations
Suit or jacket Green cravat Brown cravat Grey cravat Black cravat White cravat Red cravat Blue cravat Yellow cravat Purple cravat Wine-red cravat

How to match a cravat and a suit2017-02-24T17:22:39+02:00