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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.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.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.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.melaniemagdalena.com/thoughts/evolution-of-the-napkin

Oct 18, 2013 ... A napkin is a piece of cloth for wiping the mouth and fingers, usually a small square piece of cloth or tissue paper used at meals. Napkins are essential ... Throughout history napkins have evolved to meet peoples' needs. Beginning with a lump ... Thick paper napkins are easiest to fold. They come in a wide ...

home.wikia.com/wiki/Napkin_folding

a simple fan fold with a tie and decorative piece of evergreen for a holiday setting . Sometimes when we set the table, it's fun and enjoyable to add a decorative touch with napkin folding. Napkin folding is usually considered only when setting a formal table or for a fancy party. But it can be a fun, creative outlet. It can also ...

bigdaythewediquetteway.blogspot.com/2013/09/napkins-history-folding-and-etiquette.html

Sep 23, 2013 ... In the United States, when setting the table, the napkin is typically placed to the left of the cover (one's setting spot at the table), while in Europe, it is placed to the right of the spoon (think of the napkin as a car in each place- easy enough to remember!). In the 16th century, napkins became an accepted form ...