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History of Gloves

Sunday, 25 January 2009

history gloves First gloves were found in Egyptian pyramids. Primarily the gloves were available in the shape of bags, without finger holes and only in a while something like mittens was created. Egyptian women protected their hands during work and meals.

The custom to eat in gloves to avoid burning and staining hands, retains in the Medieval Ages as well. The handicraft invented special thimbles from very thin and delicate leather for the fingers only.

Ancient men used to hold their gloves in hands than on hands not to get bothered with taking them off. Yet, they had to take them off in quite many situations in the day long. Spanish Lords are not allowed wearing gloves in presence of the Pope and the King, in churches, during funerals, during mourning and other ceremonial events.

The producers tried to make gloves wider to take them off faster than to cite «Ave Maria». The one who tried to take the gloves off by teeth was blamed or even worse was the one who greeted in gloves or tried to take something in gloves. A great number of prohibitions made men quit wearing gloves but hold them at the waist.

The gloves were of symbolic significance. The special significance has the right glove. The one should have taken it while approaching to a person of high rank or the altar. And nowadays, if a lady takes off her glove greeting a man, it shows her special attitude to him.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance gloves were greatly welcomed. A knight would improve his wealth and status receiving a glove of the suzerain; a bishop would be taken a title; urban representatives were also privileged. In the name of the royal (episcopal) glove, trade, minting coins and collecting taxes were authorized. Altogether with the seal it certified the will of the elite. The judge made decisions only in gloves. An embroidered glove of the red broadcloth symbolized the Sacred Roman Empire. The knights would throw gloves to feet on the ground, and that was a challenge; is the glove was used to beat across the face, and then this shame could be solved only by blood fight.

The shorter is the sleeve, the longer is the glove. The appearance of the glove depended on the appearance of the stockings in fashion. When knitted stockings became popular in the XVI century, the knitted gloves also were in vogue. However, the leather gloves are still deemed to be more elegant.  In the XVII-XVIII centuries both men and women wore embroidered gloves.

It became quite troublesome to take off gloves, and during the Great French Revolution the gloves remained without «fingers», leaving just a wrist and the part of the glove that covered the hand. Thus, mittens were created.

In 1807 James Winter, an Englishman, invented a machine to produce leather gloves. And rubber gloves were licensed after.

From early XIX century the gloves were back to the fashionable costume for men; the men's outfit became more solid and the hand was opened. And gloves for men lost their embroideries and decorative elements. And now, they became more appreciated for their style, cut and quality of material. People cared of their gloves; they were stored in special caskets, onto the stretchers.

At the turn of the XIX-XX centuries ladies' fabric gloves are practiced, the analogue to fishnet stockings. Gloves to match evening dresses have no fingers (over the elbow), gloves for daily use have finger, though. In the XX century the leather and knitted gloves are accompanied by the jersey gloves.

In their everyday practice ladies took off their gloves unwillingly since they put fingerings and rings there over. And snow-white linen gloves for highborn ladies reached the elbow line.

This times the leather of various dressing was used for men's gloves, like kidskin, suede, Sweden or Danish leather, later followed by Lisle thread  and Persian thread, and for women - laced gloves.

For the rich and people of high class it was bad manners to appear in the public without gloves. Of especial fame were English gloves of Derby Company made from good quality leather, with a big and durable fastener. During balls and functions ladies wore white silken or kidskin gloves with the length over elbows. While in uniform men used to wear suede gloves and if off duty - gloves from kidskin. «Sweden» gloves were performed in a special way. The dace of such gloves presented the reverse side of animal skin dressed, and they resembled suede.

Black gloves were supposed to match mourning costumes, while yellow gloves would go with the hunting costume, and the white ones were worn to the balls. Linen gloves were practiced among waiters as well. The gloves should be taken on only at home, as well as a hat, and it was bad manners to do it in public.

XX century arranged this stuff. The most fashionable women gloves were considered the ones made from goat skin, and gloves made from pig skin for men, as for the sporty gloves, the skin of dogs was the most appropriate. Decorations for gloves were not so popular that time, though the squeamish customers were comfortable with gloves with embroidery, feathers and artificial diamonds.

The last interest to gloves was expressed approximately in the middle of the century. Such wonderful actresses of the past, as Sarah Bernard, Vivienne Leigh, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe used to wear breathtaking gloves and their fans attacked haberdasheries in the willing to resemble their idols.

It could appear to many arguers, that our modern life has lost its romantic that for many years mantled the story around the gloves. But this is only from the first sight.  The witnesses are those who observe and follow the latest trends in fashion that neither collection of famous designers did not go without such an important accessory as gloves.  Majority of designers place gloves in their collections as the key element in the show since this accessory correctly and beneficially emphasizes the unique image created by them.  Therefore, those who appreciate gloves only for the sake of warmth should consider them from a different point.

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karissa palmer  - gloves   |2009-09-10 12:39:05
i think the history of gloves are iteresting :D
nita  - Help Please!   |2012-08-26 01:48:55

I'm trying to find ANY information on a New York glove designer in the 1940's through the 1970's named Viola Weinberger. Her gloves were sold mostly through very upscale department stores of the time.

Thank you for any information you can
provide. It's greatly appreciated.

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