|Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) wears a swoon-worthy cravat.|
Called cravats, neckerchiefs, jabots, and neckties, they were most often made of white linen (usually 9” by 60” inches) that could be adorned with lace, fringe, or knots, and were worn loosely tied around the neck. Cravats first came into fashion in the mid-17 century.
Neckclothitania, a pamphlet published in 1818, pictured popular ways of tying men’s neckwear. According to the author, there were many ways of tying a cravat and he had only intended “to merely give a slight sketch … of a dozen or so most in use.”
Also, I found a site, Art, Beauty and Well-ordered Chaos, that has a post “How to Make an 18th Century Jabot. http://artbeautyandwell-orderedchaos.blogspot.com/2009/05/how-to-make-18th-century-jabot-stock-or.html
Both of these sites are worth a visit.
Susan F. Craft is the author of The Chamomile, a SIBA award-winning Revolutionary War novel. She is represented by Linda S. Glaz, Hartline Literary Agency.