Embroidered and jeweled gloves formed part of the insignia of emperors and kings.
The usual design is for the mitten cavity to be stitched onto the back of the fingerless glove only, allowing it to be flipped over normally held back by Velcro or a button to transform the garment from a mitten to a glove.
These hybrids are called convertible mittens or glittens, a combination of "glove" and "mittens". Gloves protect and comfort hands against cold or heat, damage by friction, abrasion or chemicals, and disease; or in turn to provide a guard for what a bare hand should not touch.
Latex , nitrile rubber or vinyl disposable gloves are often worn by health care professionals as hygiene and contamination protection measures. Police officers often wear them to work in crime scenes to prevent destroying evidence in the scene. Many criminals wear gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints , which makes the crime investigation more difficult.
However, the gloves themselves can leave prints that are just as unique as human fingerprints. After collecting glove prints , law enforcement can then match them to gloves that they have collected as evidence. Fingerless gloves are useful where dexterity is required that gloves would restrict. Cigarette smokers and church organists often use fingerless gloves. Some gloves include a gauntlet that extends partway up the arm. Cycling gloves for road racing or touring are usually fingerless. Guitar players often use fingerless gloves in circumstances where it is too cold to play with an uncovered hand.
Gloves are made of materials including cloth, knitted or felted wool, leather, rubber, latex , neoprene , silk, and metal as in mail.
Gloves of kevlar protect the wearer from cuts. Spacesuit gloves combine toughness and environmental protection with a degree of sensitivity and flexibility. Gloves appear to be of great antiquity. According to some translations of Homer 's The Odyssey , Laërtes is described as wearing gloves while walking in his garden so as to avoid the brambles.
Pliny the Younger c. A gauntlet , which could be a glove made of leather or some kind of metal armour, was a strategic part of a soldier's defense throughout the Middle Ages , but the advent of firearms made hand-to-hand combat rare. As a result, the need for gauntlets disappeared.
During the 13th century, gloves began to be worn by ladies as a fashion ornament. A Paris corporation or guild of glovers gantiers existed from the thirteenth century. They made them in skin or in fur. By , in England glovers had become members of the Dubbers or Bookbinders Guild until they formed their own guild during the reign of Elizabeth I.
The Glovers' Company was incorporated in In Paris, the gantiers became gantiers parfumeurs , for the scented oils, musk , ambergris and civet , that perfumed leather gloves, but their trade, which was an introduction at the court of Catherine de Medici ,  was not specifically recognised until , in a royal brevet. Makers of knitted gloves, which did not retain perfume and had less social cachet, were organised in a separate guild, of bonnetiers  who might knit silk as well as wool.
Such workers were already organised in the fourteenth century. Knitted gloves were a refined handiwork that required five years of apprenticeship; defective work was subject to confiscation and burning. The craze for gloves called "limericks" took hold. This particular fad was the product of a manufacturer in Limerick, Ireland , who fashioned the gloves from the skin of unborn calves. Embroidered and jeweled gloves formed part of the insignia of emperors and kings. Pontifical gloves are liturgical ornaments used primarily by the pope , the cardinals , and bishops.
When short sleeves came into fashion in the s, women began to wear long gloves, reaching halfway up the forearm. By the s, buttoned kid, silk, or velvet gloves were worn with evening or dinner dress, and long suede gloves were worn during the day and when having tea.
In , The Law Times made one of the first references to the use of gloves by criminals to hide fingerprints, stating: Early Formula One race cars used steering wheels taken directly from road cars. They were normally made from wood, necessitating the use of driving gloves. Disposable latex gloves were developed by the Australian company Ansell.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos held up their leather glove-clad fists at the awards ceremony of the Summer Olympics. Their actions were intended to symbolize Black Power.
They were banned from the Olympics for life as a result of the incident. Yet another of the more infamous episodes involving a leather glove came during the O.
Simpson murder case in which Simpson demonstrated that the glove purportedly used in the alleged murder was too small to fit his hand. Western lady's gloves for formal and semi-formal wear come in three lengths: Satin and stretch satin are popular and mass-produced.
Some women wear gloves as part of "dressy" outfits, such as for church and weddings. Long white gloves are common accessories for teenage girls attending formal events such as prom , quinceañera , cotillion , or formal ceremonies at church, such as confirmation.
In Japan , white gloves are worn frequently. Work-oriented white gloves are worn for activities such as gardening and cleanup; "dress" white gloves are worn by professionals who want a clean public appearance, such as taxi drivers, police, politicians and elevator operators. Fingerless gloves or "glovelettes" are garments worn on the hands which resemble regular gloves in most ways, except that the finger columns are half-length and opened, allowing the top-half of the wearer's fingers to be shown.
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