Glove making is an art that can be traced back to early Greek and Roman times. My fascination with the form of the hand drew me to this trade, and it turns out there is quite an interesting history surrounding the glove makers of the past. Many patterns for gloves are protected by guilds of glovers in Europe, keeping the secrets of glove makers fairly under wraps. The material options are vast, with gloves made from leather, silk, kid, fabric and even chain mail and iron gauntlets of suits of armour – some even had in-built knuckle dusters. These days, it’s rare to find handmade gloves, and in my sepia-toned imagination, I see someone working by the light of a candle to meticulously stitch a delicate pair of gloves.


The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
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Written by Adam TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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