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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napkin_folding

The earliest instruction manual for the artistic folding of napkins was published in 1639 by Matthia Gieger, a German meat carver working in Padua, as a part of a series of treatises on culinary arts titled Le tre trattati. Napkin folding has a centuries-old history and dates back to the times of Louis XIV of ...

www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/08/12/431271509/unfolding-the-history-of-napkin-art

Aug 12, 2015 ... In 16th century Italy, the nobility began decorating their tables with "triumphs" made entirely from folded napkins. The art form had pretty much died out by the time artist Joan Sallas began studying centuries-old illustrations and taught himself how to re-create them. Photo from The Beauty of the Fold: A ...

www.luigisnapkins.com/napkin:04-history

The use of the napkin in Europe began in 1400 on the tables of royalty, where they started to use napkins made from warm or even perfumed cloth. At the beginning of the 1800s, napkins became part of the bourgeois lifestyle, mostly to protect the sumptuous dresses of the period during meals. This is the era when the ...

www.foodreference.com/html/art-history-napkins-729.html

The napkin had gone from a cloth laid on the table to a fabric draped over the left arm of a servant. The maitre d' hotel, the man in charge of feasts, as a symbol of office and rank, draped a napkin from his left shoulder, and servants of lower rank folded napkins lengthwise over their left arms, a custom that continued into the ...

www.ediblegeography.com/the-history-and-techniques-of-napkin-folding

May 10, 2012 ... For the second in her lovely “On the Table” series exploring “the encounter between food and art,” writer Charlotte Birnbaum has focused on the overlooked riches of European napkin-folding culture. IMAGE: The covers of the first two books in Charlotte Birnbaum's On the Table series, published by ...

whatscookingamerica.net/EllenEaston/Napkins-History.htm

History and Protocols of Napkins. English Diaper Napkin. French Serviette – Was a larger napkin used at the table, while the serviette de collation was a smaller size, used while standing. Portpayne Napkin – A folded, decorative napkin that held the bread and knife used by the lord of the Manor. It was always folded to the ...

www.slideshare.net/amuelet/table-napkin-folding

Feb 22, 2012 ... What is a table napkin? a small piece of table linen that is used to wipe the mouth and to cover the lap in order to protect clothing…

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Sometimes when we set the table, it's fun and enjoyable to add a decorative touch with napkin...

etiquipedia.blogspot.com/2014/07/etiquette-and-few-words-on-napkins.html

Jul 13, 2014 ... The 17th century also saw French come up with elaborate rules for nobility class which included instructions on napkin usage, a predecessor to modern day napkin etiquette, including the one which instructs the guests to not use the napkin for wiping the face or clean teeth or worse, rub one's nose.