Dating customs in the 16th century
Byssus gloves were of great fineness and delicacy, with a high price in proportion (p. From the mid-1800s onwards, jean, sateen, and taffeta gloves were introduced.In the 1950s, nylon gloves, knitted in a variety of weights, textures, and colors, became trendy as well as naugahyde gloves made from vinyl coated fabric to imitate leather. Novelties in fabric gloves included: adding fringes or tassels at the wrist or on the cuffs; inserting gussets of lace at the back of the gloves or on the wrists; edging the wrists with ribbons and flowers, either real or artificial; embroidering the top of the gloves or the cuffs with gold, silver, and colorful threads; and, adding pearls, beadwork, or monograms to grace the gloves.Part II highlights certain customs, practices, rituals and symbolism associated with the usage of gloves to conduct human affairs.Mittens have a long history, but as they do not have the historical significance of gloves they have been omitted in this article.The embroidery resembled the magnificent tapestries of the times. Gernsheim (1981), points out that in the 1850s, French kid gloves fitted like a second skin so that the fingernails showed through (p. Some gloves reached half-way up the forearm, and others ended on the upper arm, or above the elbow.Every kind of flower, stitched particularly in pink, butterflies, columbines, and even little goldfinches adorned these gloves. By the 1870s, twelve and fifteen button white kid, silk, or velvet gloves were worn with evening or dinner dress. Fingerless gloves have a long history dating back to the early Romans and Greeks.Its purpose is to lift the veil on some interesting aspects of gloves drawn mainly from secondary sources and interpreted by the writer through a process of cross-referencing data from different historical sources.
Spain introduced gloves scented with violet powder, and Italy and France eventually became recognized for their perfumed gloves. He noted that an ordinary method of imparting the scent of particular flowers or spices was to mix animal fat or some kind of oil (almond oil, for instance) with essences then rub it into the glove.
For a period of time the cavaliers wore white gloves with broad black lace ruffles and heavy fringes, or gloves of a pearl colour trimmed with gold (Beck, 1969, p. From 1890-1902 very long suede gloves with as many as twenty buttons were in vogue. The practical side of fingerless gloves was that they allowed a person to carry out tasks requiring finger dexterity such as stitching and embroidery.