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Alien Neckties and UFOs - The Origin of the Tie
The Alien necktie history is meant for fun!
Anyone who knows me already is aware that I am not serious all of the time - humor never killed anyone, even if it really silly humor. Ya gotta laugh at this funny version of how neckties came to be.
This is the latest version of who takes the credit, or blame for inventing neckties. With all this talk of UFOs in China, and Mexico lately, and aliens in flying saucers coming to Earth to conquer us - I felt compelled to write this tie history essay to compliment my famous article, or maybe infamous article the Complete History of ties. Which is in its 15th year of revision.
As far as aliens and ties go we should consider the history of neckties and the theory that extraterrestrials ( E.T.s) were here a long time ago. The interaction between aliens from other world's ( not aliens from Mexico ) and Earthlings may have led to many alterations to life on our planet and quite possibly some bizarre fashion influences. Last weekend, I posted an answer in www.answer.com about the origin of ties and that was when it finally hit me. It is all so clear now. Read the latest and greatest explanation of the origin of neckties below. You may agree that my conclusion is the most logical explanation for the question that has been asked over and over again, why ties?
I don`t know about the friendly suggestion of that alien waving, it's kind of deceiving and spooky. What`s up with that that symmetrical necktie knot. It sure looks like the Windsor Tie Knot to me, which all but shoots down the Duke of Windsor as being the innovator of that one.
Where Did Neckties Come From? Finally Someone er Thing to Thank or Blame.
The answer as to who takes the credit or blame for inventing the necktie is debatable. It was long thought that Croatian mercenary soldiers fighting a 30 year religious war in Europe in the 17th century were the cause of this fashion accessory for men. Those gallant men wore a necktie of sorts around their necks on the battlefield as part of their uniform. Their valor and that fancy tie around their necks gave cause for King Louis the XIV of France to declare that the wearing of a necktie was to be allowed. So, with the thanks to some historians and fashion experts the version of the origin neckties that is widely accepted and published is European and Croatian. As far as the Croatians are concerned, this is their baby. However there are challenges to this account of fashion history, however I would not consider arguing that one in a bar in Croatia.
About 40 years ago archaeologists discovered neckties around the necks of a "Terracotta" army of hundreds of soldiers that were buried in 221 B.C. with the fist Emperor of China to protect him in the after-life. Ties were not accepted as appropriate dress in China and the tie would not be seen again for over three centuries. In the beginning of the 2nd century Roman Soldiers with their Roman servants wearing ties are depicted in paintings and other art works. Why the servants wore ties and not the soldiers are explained simply - it just was not politically correct to wear a tie. Rome had forbid any cloth to be tied around a neck so about 1800 years ago there was apparently an anti necktie movement similar to what we are seeing today with the choice of casual dress being so popular.
There are other tales about how neckties were invented. For instance, the Icelandic Sagas illustrate great Viking battles and even the discovery of America long before Christopher Columbus. These chronicles have been translated into languages the world over, more so than any other but make no mention of neckties from as near as seven centuries after those Roman dudes tied ties around their necks. None-the-less, the Vikings of Iceland have a part in my version of the history of ties. Once, while I was chilling out in a pub in Reykjavik Iceland a very drunk and very beautiful woman I met had a different version all together of how ties came into existence. However somewhat hard to consider rationally, her remarks did give way to some thought. She claimed that about 100,000 B.C. a gorilla had fashioned a necktie out of vines with the hope of successfully courting a mate. Adding that this ingenuity was passed along to a descendant who invented the wheel - considered the greatest turning point in evolution or to be politically or religiously correct it should be said the greatest turning point in the advance of civilization. I had to shake my head at that one, but to be fair this account is mentioned here with great candor.
Actually as you have already discovered I am not so sure about how history treats this one. Regarding contemporary fashion the use of neckties are the subject of great debate concerning why men wear them, why some men hate them and why women love them; so someone has to be accountable for the necktie.
To sum it all up and possibly put the "who takes credit for the invention of the necktie" to rest here is my theory on the origin of neckties. I have learned it is not always easy to discuss religious or political beliefs; especially when the main goal actually is to sell something. In this case, for me its neckties - I sell them and I am passionate about it. So not to offend anyone regarding religious belief, cultural up-bringing or national pride over how the tie came into existence, or which country claims the necktie as their contribution to mankind - my explanation as to where ties come from is as follows.
A gorilla and a tie as part of evolution and the advance of civilization, who knows? - could be, but considering a bunch of vines tied around a gorilla’s neck as being a necktie - is a real stretch. Dispelling that one as pub flirting is easy, even if that babe from Iceland was knockout. Although I agreed with her necktie tale for the sake of getting very friendly with her later on. Since I believe actually that there was no Adam and Eve as it is too much a fairy tale and they are depicted with navel in paintings in the Vatican. As well because the theory of evolution doesn't exactly hold water either, I can avoid offending anyone religiously regarding the theories of creationism or evolution pertaining to the tie as well as the origin of human kind on Earth. The gorilla will not take the prize here. And Adam was naked - with no necktie around his neck. I will not insult national pride either by hurting any ones feelings as I just I do not agree with the historians either, about necktie origins. Maybe those Chinese warriors were crafted wearing narrow bibs, after all those chop sticks do tend to splatter stuff. In reality, it would seem to me that those Croatians, Romans, and Chinese warriors had much more important things on their minds than trying to be fashionable. Anyway, those things hanging on their necks do not even look like ties at all, more like scarves - maybe!
Now, concerning the image above, ( no question about that -that is a tie hanging on that silicone-esh neck ). Convinced with unquestionable evidence, as I found this picture online in a Google image search, I will go on record and give the necktie invention to the aliens from another Galaxy who probably left a suit case behind with some ties in it, after a brief visit to or planet. That was probably not the first nor certainly was it the last time a suit case was lost by a tourist. Now, that should keep me out of trouble with the Croatians, the Chinese, the Romans, the French, the Icelandic babe, the religious, Nordstrom’s, and for heaven's sake - the gorillas. Those Aliens don't scare me either so if they want to take it outside I am ready. They look like defected Gumbys and Gumby does not threaten anyone.
The much more serious article I wrote ( although the gorilla humor is included ) can be found at the URL below. It is a version that has been culled and revised many times, most recently the summer of 2010. Check it out, plus the Mystery to the Windsor Necktie Knot which is actually a love story along with the diagram how to make this tie knot easily.
Jeffrey Hunter has been involved with retailing and designing neckties since 1996. He started selling ties to Los Angeles and Orange County car salesmen out of the trunk of 1966 Lincoln Continental. Several kiosks in Orange County at Newport Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum called Too Sexie Ties proved successfully but too much work. From the summer 2001 he has built web sites that offer collector ties like Spiderman, Disney and really wild ties on line. He is now designing ties that rival Rush Limbaugh's designs from over ten years ago.
Prior to selling ties he was a freelance professional photographer traveling to Iceland, India, the US South West, and other adventures. His fondness of fancy novelty ties and the difficulty of finding them was one of the attractions of starting the neck wear business in 1996.
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