How did the Wearing Of Gloves Begin?

The wearing of gloves is very old custom. They were invented for protection by ancient peoples who lives in cold regions. We know that the ancient Persians and Romans were gloves. In the Odyssey, they is reference to Laertes’ wearing gloves while walking in his garden.

In early times, gloves were of leather only and were worn chiefly in war and in chase to protect the hands. But by the eighth and ninth centuries, everybody in Germany and the eighth and ninth countries wore gloves during winter months for protection against cold.

It wasn’t until the thirteenth century that women began to wear gloves for ornament. There were usually made of linen and reached to the elbow. Queen Elizabeth, years later, created the fashion for wearing jeweled and embroidered gloves.


Kid gloves first appeared in France during the reign of Louis XIV, and the women of the time wore gloves of netted silk.

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