Ties are now commonly worn as an everyday piece of clothing. They are seen all over, from pop culture to advertising. But they are not always seen as an interesting topic of conversation. However here are a few interesting things you might not know about the bow tie:
- The only country to ban the wearing of ties is Iran. In 1979 after the Islamic revolution they were banned in the small province of Gilan as it was seen as sign of western decadence.
- The bow tie originates from the cravat. The cravat was worn by croatian mercenaries in the 17th century and cravat is derived from the french word for croatian.
- On striped ties in England the stripes run from top left to bottom right, whereas in the US the stripes run from top right to bottom right.
- In the US alone the tie industry is worth around $1 billion with over 100 million ties sold every year.
- A person who collects ties is called a Grabatologist
- Due to the introduction of ‘dress down’ days in the US sales of ties saw a slump of 10%
- The most expensive tie ever sold was worth $220,000. It was made of 271 diamonds and 150 grams of 24 carat gold. The designer was Satya Paul.
- The worlds biggest tie producer is Shengzou in China, producing a staggering 200 million ties every year.
- Around 110 silkworm cocoons are used to make the average good quality silk tie
- At one point in history, touching another mans bow tie was seen as an insult, and reason enough to start a duel.
These are just a few interesting facts about ties. There are many more for those that look for them.