As gloves were most likely a very early development in the history of clothing, the early forms of gloves would have most likely have been a ‘mitten like’ design made from animal skins.
These mittens would then have been used to protect its wearer from the cold winters of the North or to protect their hands from cuts, grazes and blisters when using crude flint tools.
It has been mentioned that gloves have been found in Egyptian Pyramids, One early and famous example being a linen pair discovered in Egypt in the tomb of King Tutankhamen dating some 1,400 years BC.
When cars were first built, they very often had steering wheels made of wood or sometimes uncovered metal. Cars had little insulation, and many of the first units employed neither heating nor cooling controls. Hands could get cold on long drives in the winter, or they could get sweaty in hot weather, making it more difficult to grip the steering wheel. Gloves at the time were already popularly worn for many things, warmth, fashion, et cetera. Driving gloves were a natural extension on the already many uses for gloves. Others suggest that driving gloves could really refer to leather “riding” gloves. Holding the reins of a horse, or driving a coach meant many wore riding gloves. This protected the hands from calluses, and helped keep them warm on cold days. When humans switched from horse-powered vehicles to motorized ones, it simply made sense to keep the gloves on.
Driving gloves have external seams, open knuckles and keyhole backs, ventilation holes, short cuffs, and snaps. They fit close, and stretch to conform to the hand’s anatomy. Driving gloves are made from thin leather.
The type of driving gloves:
The unlined designs allow the fingers senses through, so that drivers do not lose a layer of sensitivity lost with lined gloves.
Driver’s gloves are frequently used to keep the hands warm, a function that is particularly necessary during top down operation in cold weather. The design of cars is such that the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel while driving, a position that leaves them exposed to the elements. The hands are also relatively inactive, and do not have a great deal of muscle mass, which also contributes to the possibility of chill. Lined gloves therefore contribute to insulating the hands while driving.
Gloves should fit snugly but not be tight. Pay particular attention to the length of the fingers as the fingertips can become very cold if the glove’s fingers are not long enough. Ideally the glove should be loose on the fingers and fit comfortably around the palm. A tight glove will tend to restrict blood flow and make the hand cold as it is at an extreme distance from the heart.
Fingerless gloves have the fingers cut off. The exposed fingers interfere less with the sensation of gripping.
Nappa leather or Napa leather is a full-grain leather, typically dyed, made from unsplit kid-, lamb- or sheep-skin by tawing with salts of chromium or aluminium sulfate, and noted for softness and durability. It is often used in high-quality leather products such as leather glove.
Kidskin is a variety of leather made from the hides of goats. As the name implies, kidskin is often made from the hides of baby goats, or kids, but it may also be made from the pelts of fully-grown goats. This type of leather is lightweight, supple and strong. Although it may be made into almost any kind of leather clothing or accessory, it is most often seen on ladies’ dress shoes and is also often used to make gloves for both men and women.
Fashion trends for fall/winter 2010-2011 reflects a timeless elegance based on more classic elements.This season brings a pragmatic approach through simple, yet very spectacular and unique collections.
Let’s take a look to some of the key pieces of glove trend for fall/winter 2010/2011.
1) There is nothing more practical and original than the combination of different materials to get unique looks.
2) Gloves represent an irreplaceable item for cold winter days. The essential type seems to be the ones made of leather that come in different versions from long worn with a pullover with long sleeves, to super long.
3) Moreover you have a myriad of other options to choose from such as fingerless or gloves made of fur.
4) The puffer gloves, juxtaposed against something feminine, to protect you from the cold winter.
5) Phones are gadget that almost every person crave for. People usually use phones to surf the web, call their
friends, listen to music but mainly, texting.
The new trend of Fingerless gloves also known as Texting gloves.
This concept of the glove couldn’t get any more efficient. With an exposed thumb and forefinger, the texting glove provides your fingers and hand warm and snugged while keeping your two most technologically and socially important fingers free to do the typing.