Gloves are an essential accessory in the modern man's wardrobe. They originate from antiquity. In 1922, archaeologists removed from the tomb of Tutankhamun a pair of gloves that resembled pouches in shape. According to historians, the pharaoh had them as trophies as a result of battles with the peoples of Asia. At that time, they were considered more of an ornament than a piece of clothing. A little later, the gloves took on a completely different look. Since cutlery by that time did not yet exist, to protect hands during a meal, fingertips were made to gloves.
In the Middle Ages, gloves had symbolic significance. The verdict was made in the name of the King's glove. They were also used in ceremonies. The glove, as a privileged sign, was given to knights upon consecration, to bishops upon receiving dignity, and also to some townspeople.
There are many signs associated with this attribute. When the glove was thrown in the face, it meant that the opponent was being challenged to a duel. If a lady gave a gentleman a glove, then in this way she showed her affection for him.
At the beginning of the 11th century, white linen gloves came into fashion. Women wore them as jewelry. They were very popular due to the fact that glove craft was actively developing at that time.
A person could be judged depending on what kind of gloves he was wearing: silk or leather, velvet or brocade, embroidered in gold or with a monogram, with jewelry or with buttons.
At the end of the 15th century, a fashion for scented gloves appeared. Gloves that cover hands became popular around the same period. And they, along with the headdress, symbolized good tone. It was considered a sign of bad intentions to appear in gloves in church, at a reception with the king, in court, or not to take them off when shaking hands.
In the 17th-18th centuries, men's gloves gradually ceased to be relevant, due to the fact that, due to the long and lush lace cuffs, they were practically invisible. But the fashion for women's gloves continued to flourish.
By the 19th century, it was fashionable to wear so-called exit gloves. They were long (elbow-length), thread, with a woven pattern, without fingertips and looked spectacular in combination with evening dresses. The fashion for gloves for men has returned, but brevity and the material from which they are sewn were already appreciated in them.
Today everyone has gloves. Gloves for men are mainly made of pigskin, and for women they are made of sheepskin.
Gloves will emphasize your individual style if you choose the right one for your clothes. The main thing is not to forget about proper care for them. To do this, you can buy a glove care product in the store. In this case, it is necessary to take into account the material from which they are made, since each type of fabric has its own characteristics. For example, it is strictly forbidden to wash leather gloves in an automatic machine, hand washing is allowed. Then they must be rinsed in cold water and a couple of drops of glycerin added.