Cravat - Krav-at - A neck cloth chiefly worn by men. It was introduced in 1636 from the Cravates or Croatians. In the reign of France\'s Louis XIII, Croatian mercenaries were enlisted into a regiment supporting the King and Cardinal Richelieu. The traditional Croat military kit aroused Parisian curiosity about the unusual scarves distinctively knotted around the Croatians’ necks. It was the forerunner of today’s neck tie and bow tie.