The history of glove-making

The craft of glove making has been practiced for thousands of years. Originally gloves were used as protection from cold – the thickness and texture of leathers made it impossible to perform precision hand movements. As the industry developed, gloves were made primarily for the wealthy and the priesthood. Already in the 11th century, glove making was listed as an individual craft, but it was not until the 17th century that gloves became casual wear for the ordinary people. Until that time, gloves were usually worn for ceremonies and celebrations. The need for mass production emerged in the 19th century, and traditional handiwork was gradually replaced by automated manufacturing, which allowed for uniform sizing and greater scale production.