Gifting neckties symbolizes the close emotional connection (or ties) between two cities. The gesture is a "knot" to be taken lightly!
Curator / Donna Chen
Updated at 2023-06-21
The tradition of wearing neckties originated from the Croats. Whenever a man was about to go to war, the female head of the household would tie a scarf around his neck, symbolizing the binding of good fortune and the blessing of a safe return. These "neckerchiefs" spread to France in the 17th century by soldiers returning from the Thirty Years' War. King Louis XIV took a liking to this practice and popularized it as a symbol of professionalism and elegance, which remains relevant to this day. In the realm of urban diplomacy, a necktie is not only an accessory but also an art that adds a touch of splendor to the monotony of suits.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands–a beautiful island nation in the Pacific comprising a chain of coral islands–is home to the Austronesian peoples, of which the indigenous people of Taiwan are a subgroup. The necktie in the picture is a neckpiece made of shells, showcasing the traditional craftsmanship of the Marshall Islands. Local residents use natural resources to create exquisite handicrafts. Shells are one of the most abundant natural resources in the Marshall Islands. The intricately woven shell patterns on the neckties remind of the summer ocean and symbolize the enduring friendship between Taiwan and the Marshall Islands.
Gifted by Anjanette Kattil, Deputy Chief, Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Taipei & Clanson Peter, Mayor, Aur Atoll
Hesse is a central German state with the Main River, a tributary of the Rhine, flowing through its southern region. Frankfurt, located on the banks of the Main River, is the largest city in Hesse. Hesse is the financial center of Germany, and many commercial banks have their headquarters established there. The design of the necktie in the picture is inspired by the coat of arms of Hesse, which features a blue background with a standing lion adorned with nine red and silver stripes. The lion can be seen in the lower right corner of the tie.
Gifted by Ismail Tipi, Member, Landtag of Hesse
This necktie comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum houses a collection of oil paintings, sketches, letters, and botanical studies by the world-renowned Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh, as well as works by other contemporary artists. Van Gogh's works include The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, Wheatfield with Crows, and Starry Night. The base color of the tie in the picture is navy blue, emanating stability and tranquility, just like the peaceful and mysterious ambiance of night.
Gifted by Guido Tielman, Representative and Head, Netherlands Office Taipei
The pattern on the tie is created using Yuzen-zome, a unique Japanese dyeing technique pioneered by the fan painter Miyazaki Yuzen. This tie showcases the craftsmanship of Kaga Yuzen-zome, where the vibrant patterns of flowers vividly come to life through the gradient dyeing technique of Yuzen. The production and design of the tie perfectly embody the beauty of Japanese culture and craftsmanship.
Gifted by Hideki Sawai, Chairman, Ishikawa Japan-Taiwan Friendship Association
Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in Japan, located in the northeastern part of Shikoku. Kagawa Prefecture is rich in natural and cultural tourism resources, with destinations like Ritsurin Park and Kotohira-gu Shrine being highly popular among tourists. Kagawa is known for its diverse culinary specialties, particularly the famous Sanuki Udon, which has earned it the nickname Udon Prefecture. In 2016, Taoyuan City signed a friendship agreement with Kagawa Prefecture to promote exchanges between the two regions. The tie in the picture is adorned with cute pink and yellow chicks, creating an accessory full of childlike charm.
Gifted by Moriyasu Kamada, Chairman, Tourism Council of Representatives, Kagawa Prefectural Assembly
The logo on this tie is an ideogram of the character "人" (person), formed by combining the letter "j" for Japan and the letter "t" for Taiwan. This marriage of letters symbolizes the mutual support and reliance between Japan and Taiwan. On the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2021, the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association invited Taiwanese designers Owen Chuang and Cloud Lu, who had studied in Japan, to create this logo. The logo expresses the sincere friendship between Japan and Taiwan through the integration of Taiwanese and Japanese aesthetics. The logo was used on the 50th-anniversary necktie launched by the Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association in 2022 to show the unbreakable unity between Japan and Taiwan.
Gifted by Hiroyasu Izumi, Chief Representative, Japan-Taiwan Exchange Association
The Port of Long Beach is located in Long Beach, California. It is the second busiest port in the United States, second only to the Port of Los Angeles. The port has 175 shipping routes connecting 217 ports worldwide, and it handles global trade worth roughly US$170 billion annually. Construction is currently underway to transform the Port of Long Beach into the world's most modern, efficient, and sustainable port for large vessels while creating thousands of jobs in the process. The tie features a neat arrangement of the port's emblem set on a background of dark and light blue stripes. The stripes seemingly resemble the line where the sky meets the sea or the rippling waves as ships enter the port.
Gifted by Robert Garcia, Mayor, City of Long Beach, State of California
Texas, famously known as the Lone Star State, joined the United States as an independent republic in 1845, becoming the second-largest state in the country. The box features a five-pointed star on a blue background, corresponding to the Texas state flag. The tie features a cowboy riding on a horse against the background of the Lone Star Flag. This design combines the solemnity and dignity of the state and the straightforward and spirited image of the cowboy, perfectly embodying the ruggedness and independence of Texas. This tie, rich in the spirit of freedom and adventure, may add a lively atmosphere to formal occasions!
Gifted by Suzanne Chen, Chairman, Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce