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Thursday, 9 April 2015


Gloves of linen were found in the 14th-century BC tomb of the Egyptian king Tutankhamen.

In the Middle Ages gloves were worn only by men of high rank, and they took on great symbolic importance.

By the 13th century gloves were made of fine leathers and decorated with embroidery, fringes, gold threads, and precious stones.

For warmth the common people wore mittens or coats with extra long sleeves.

The only practical use of gloves was in falconry, in which they protected the wrist from the bird's talons.

In 1533 Catherine de' Medici came to France from Italy to marry the future King Henry II. She made the wearing of gloves fashionable for women.

In the 16th century it was fashionable to carry gloves in one hand, tuck them into a belt, or pin them onto a cap.

Glove decoration was of primary importance in the 16th century, and the fingers were all made the same length. If someone wanted to wear them, it was necessary to pad the tips for them to keep their shape.

Women's gloves of soft kidskin, a type of soft, thin leather were introduced early in the 17th century.

Perfumed gloves became popular in 17th century France and in 1656, the guild of glove and perfume-makers was established.

Glove wearing as a social requirement reached a height in the 19th century, illustrated by the fashion pacesetter Beau Brummell's prejudice that a perfect gentleman must change his gloves at least six times a day.

Glove making became an industry in 1834, when Xavier Jouvin of Grenoble, France, invented a cutting die that made possible a glove of precise fit.

                                                                      Knitted gloves

With the arrival of accurate mechanized glove manufacture a glove sizing system was established which is based on the width of the knuckles.

The actress Vivien Leigh reportedly had disproportionately large hands, and wore gloves frequently to cover them up.

The first disposable latex gloves were made in Australia in 1964, using the same techniques for using condoms.

The world's most valuable golf glove - the original, crystal-studded one Michael Jackson wore - was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit in 1991. MC Hammer set up a phone line and offered a $50,000 reward for the glove's return and police recovered it two days later.

Michael Jackson's crystal-studded glove was sold at a U.S. auction in 2010 for $190,000 (£126,000).

Sources Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia,

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