The word bow tie comes from the French word, jabot which is pronounced ja-bow. This was originally a 17th century pre-made lace cravat. Later, in the 18th and 19th centuries bow ties came in other types of materials and designs.
The formal black bow tie became popular back in 1886 when Pierre Lorillard V invented the tuxedo as an alternative to the Tailcoats which were worn with White Bow Ties.
Bow Ties come either as Self-Tie Bow Ties or Pre-Tied Bow Ties and are now days most commonly available in either a silk of polyester fabric. As Bow Ties are as unique as the people who wear them hundreds of different patterns exist.
Although not as easy to tie as a regular necktie the self-tie bow tie has become extremely popular and the art of tying can be mastered in a short amount of time. You can click on the following link and you will be sent to a page with instructions on how to tie your own bow tie.